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Jamaica Country Quiz

Can you guess these facts about the country of Jamaica?
Quiz by Jiaozira
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Last updated: September 9, 2022
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First submittedSeptember 20, 2016
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Capital city
Kingston
Sea in which Jamaica is located
Caribbean Sea
Island chain that Jamaica is part of
Greater Antilles
Official language
English
Creole language which is spoken by most Jamaicans
Jamaican Patois
Singer of "One Love" and "No Woman, No Cry"
Bob Marley
Musical genre of the above
Reggae
Neighborhood in the capital known as the birthplace of that genre
Trenchtown
Most important export of Jamaica in colonial times
Sugar
Currency of Jamaica
Jamaican Dollar
Popular tourist destination featured in the song "Kokomo"
Montego Bay
Country from which Jamaica gained its independence in 1962
United Kingdom
First European to visit Jamaica
Christopher Columbus
Fastest sprinter of all-time
Usain Bolt
Afrocentric religion that originated in Jamaica
Rastafari
Person who is, technically, Jamaica's head of state
King Charles III
Industry which accounts for 36% of GDP
Tourism
Jamaica has the second-highest rate of this in the world, trailing only El Salvador
Murder
Spice mixture consisting of allspice, Scotch bonnet peppers, and more
Jerk
Sport in which Jamaica has competed multiple times at the Winter Olympics
Bobsled
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Level 77
Jun 6, 2020
No cricket questions? All those great games at Sabina Park!
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Level 63
Nov 14, 2020
Christopher Henry Gayle deserves a mention.
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Level 77
Jun 6, 2020
What's with the "technically" qualification? Queen Elizabeth is the head of state.
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Level 76
Jun 6, 2020
Technically because most heads of state have some manner of executive power, which the Queen does not. She is a figurehead and therefore "technically" but not in practice.
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Level 77
Jun 7, 2020
Even if that bald assertion were true (Ireland, Israel, Germany, Australia, Japan, Andorra, Italy, India, etc etc etc) what difference does it make? A head of state is a head of state.
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Level 82
Jun 9, 2020
+ruftytufty all of those countries' heads of states actually do have significant powers, except for Andorra. Queen Elizabeth literally has no power over any part of Jamaica.
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Level 55
Jun 9, 2020
No Kyote, that is just wrong. Queen Elizabeth has extensive formal powers in Jamaica - essentially the same ones as she has in the UK. She approves all legislation, calls elections and appoints ministers. She exercises all those powers at the 'guidance' of democratically elected representatives.
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Level 69
Jun 9, 2020
In Canada, Elizabeth II is the head of state, but her representative (governor general) is a sort of acting head of state, with all decisions being on behalf of the Queen. Despite this, the Queen is still very much the legal head of state (although in practice both don't exercise control over Canadian society). I'm not familiar with Jamaican politics, but as a fellow Commonwealth Realm I do believe it's a similar scenario.
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Level 66
Jun 18, 2020
A bald figurehead?
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Level 49
Apr 19, 2021
not nearly most. id say there are as many figureheads as heads of state as there are ones with executive powers
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Level 60
Oct 31, 2022
Wrong. It's King Charles III
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Level 67
Jan 16, 2023
Try checking the date next time
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Level 74
Jun 6, 2020
Please accept patwa/patwah
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Level ∞
Jun 7, 2020
Okay
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Level 74
Jun 6, 2020
Rastafacti: Rastafarianism is the only religion whose god once gave an interview, in which he said that he is not god.
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Level 71
Nov 14, 2020
Brian kept telling them he wasn’t the Messiah as well
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Level 84
Jun 6, 2020
Tried "Queen of England", but that was incorrect. I guess that's her title, which is different from the "person"? I didn't realize that, and moved on to other guesses.
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Level 76
Jun 6, 2020
The Queen of England is not the Head of State of Jamaica. Queen Elizabeth is, and she also happens to be the Queen of England in a separate capacity.
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Level 77
Nov 14, 2020
Well that's because a) it is the queen of Jamaica, and b) the queen of England has not existed since 1707.
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Level 34
Jun 22, 2020
I'm from Jamaica

uh, Queen Elizabeth has no real power.

She is just a head of state.

The governor general is the one that represents her whilst she's not there.

He's the one that appoints ministers etc.

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Level 69
Jun 23, 2020
Yes, but Queen Elizabeth is the official head of state regardless. It is the same here in Canada, where she is technically the Queen of Canada, whilst the governor general represents her.
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Level 34
Jun 25, 2020
Yeah.. that is true.

Apparently were thinking of getting rid of the queen of the head of state.

So yeah.

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Level 77
Aug 5, 2020
Still I hear that the support for abolishing the monarchy in Jamaica among civilians is relatively low.
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Level 49
Apr 19, 2021
yeah but shes still head of state, thats the question
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Level 83
May 12, 2022
Technically.
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Level 71
Jul 15, 2020
as head of state i wish snoop dog would be accepted
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Level 77
Aug 5, 2020
Dogg*
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Level 88
Nov 14, 2020
In addition to his alter-ego Snoop Lion?
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Level 75
Jul 22, 2020
My wife went to a Caribbean island recently.
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Level 77
Aug 5, 2020
Would that be Jamaica?
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Level 72
Sep 27, 2020
No, she wanted to go.

(hmm)

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Level 67
Oct 19, 2020
LOL
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Level 71
Aug 10, 2021
d’ya make ‘er?
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Level 82
Aug 11, 2020
So somebody is complaining that the "technically" for the head of state question is unnecessary because she simply is the head of state and another comment is complaining that "head of state" is meaningless because she doesn't really do anything.

I guess you can never get it correctly for some people...

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Level 69
Aug 11, 2020
It's ironic, I believe the reason the word 'technically' was put there to stop people such as Example B from claiming the Queen somehow doesn't qualify as head of state (she very much is, officially). I'm not sure why Example A would worry so much about the wording either, but there's no winning on the internet :P (I don't remember making that question myself, but I wholeheartedly agree with it and its wording!)
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Level 57
Aug 12, 2020
Nice quiz! My mom grew up in Jamaica so I tried it out and got 16/20
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Level 59
Nov 17, 2020
Small nitpick, but Jamaica became independent from the West Indies Federation (Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Indies_Federation ), not the UK. In 1958, Jamaica and several other British colonies in the Caribbean were combined as the West Indies Federation which became an independent country. After a bunch of internal tension between the islands (particularly Jamaica and Trinidad) the federation was dissolved in 1962, with Jamaica and several others becoming independent, while minor islands returned to British rule. Maybe rephrase the question to "Country that Jamaica was a colony of until 1958" or something like that.
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Level 69
Nov 17, 2020
The West Indies Federation was under British rule, however. According to Wikipedia, independence was the goal of the federation, however it fell apart before that goal was reached. Therefore Jamaica gained its independence from Britain.
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Level 59
Dec 26, 2020
Ah shit, guess I didn't read that article carefully enough. Sorry.
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Level 69
Dec 26, 2020
Don't worry about it!
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Level 67
Apr 23, 2021
Jamaican 🇯🇲 here- nah, we only became independent in 1962. We really wish the Federation had happened though. In hindsight we see that quite a bit of political manipulation was utilized to misinform the masses to vote against it.
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Level 68
Jul 25, 2021
could "Jamaican jerk" be accepted for jerk and "sled" for bobsled?
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Level 17
Jan 17, 2022
this should be updated with the recent news regarding queen elizabeth
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Level 59
Jan 20, 2022
"Industry which accounts for 36% of GDP"

Answer - "Tourism"

The following question "Jamaica has the second-highest rate of this in world, trailing only El Salvador"

Answer - "Murder"

Lol. Are tourists a no-go thing in killings in Jamaica? Or is that the thrill of going there? Not knowing whether you will get out of the place alive. Haha.

"I don't like cricket! I LOVE IT!"

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Level 69
Jan 20, 2022
It's like an elaborate (and expensive) game of Russian roulette. Tourists take turns going out in the streets of Kingston at night, and the first to turn into a statistic loses.

Unfortunately the sport hasn't caught on in El Salvador yet.

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Level 59
Jan 21, 2022
Lol. Jiaozira.
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Level 72
Aug 6, 2022
Took this just after the "K Answers" quiz. got Q#1 Kingston, then was very confused by Q#2: Karibbean???
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Level 58
Aug 11, 2022
A quiz about Jamaica that doesn't mention Michael Holding? For shame.
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Level 80
Sep 8, 2022
No more Elizabeth :(
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Level 69
Sep 9, 2022
It is a sad day :( the quiz is pending an update.
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Level 43
Sep 22, 2022
I love Jamaica! Shame the murder rate is so high. Would love to see that come down.
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Level 59
Nov 17, 2022
I never knew that murder rate in Jamaica was so high.
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Level 49
Oct 27, 2022
“Nuff people say they know they can’t believe,

Jamaica we have a bobsled team”

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Level 34
Jan 22, 2023
'king' should be accepted for the head of state question as it is in the quizzes for other countries