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Afghanistan True or False?

Can you guess whether these statements about the country of Afghanistan are true or false?
Quiz by Aaron197
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Last updated: February 25, 2024
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First submittedJanuary 24, 2021
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1. Afghanistan was once invaded by the Soviet Union
True
False
2. Afghanistan once had a king
True
False
Afghanistan was a monarchy from 1926–1973
3. Kabul has an elevation of more than 1000 meters
True
False
At 1,790 m altitude, it is world's 11th highest capital
4. Osama bin Laden was the de facto leader of Afghanistan between 1996–2001
True
False
5. At one time, Afghanistan was the world's largest opium poppy producer
True
False
Since the Taliban's rise to power in 2022 and their anti-opium stance, Myanmar has surpassed Afghanistan in terms of production
6. Khaled Hosseini was one of Afghanistan's presidents
True
False
Khaled Hosseini is a writer
7. Pashtuns are a major ethnic group in Afghanistan
True
False
Pashtuns are the largest ethnic group in Afghanistan (39%), followed by Tajiks (37%)
8. Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize for ending the U.S. war in Afghanistan
True
False
9. Afghanistan has large Christian and Hindu minorities
True
False
99.7% of Afghanis are Muslim
10. A British Army once was nearly completely annihilated fleeing from Afghanistan
True
False
During the 1842 retreat from Kabul, 16,000 soldiers and civilians fled the country. Only one British person reached the border.
11. The Taliban is now the ruling power in Afghanistan
True
False
12. What is today Kandahar was once a Greek-speaking settlement known as "Alexandria of Arachosia"
True
False
13. The population of Afghanistan has declined since 1980 due to many wars and occupations
True
False
The population of Afghanistan has TRIPLED since 1980, one of the fastest growth rates in the world
14. Afghanistan is a major oil exporter
True
False
15. In Afghanistan, it is common for people to marry their first cousin
True
False
34.7% of marriages in Afghanistan are between first cousins
14 Comments
+5
Level 88
Sep 16, 2021
Very topical, thank you, @Aaron197.

There’s a wee typo in question number 5: "Afghanistan is *the* world's largest opium poppy producer”.

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Level ∞
Sep 16, 2021
Fixed
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Level 64
Sep 17, 2021
Good quiz Aaron, thank you. Sadly very topical as Afghanistan seems to be headed right back to the desperate days of Hosseini's The Kite Runner, and especially A Thousand Splendid Suns
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Level 48
Sep 17, 2021
if I choose all true I get one point. anyways great quiz aaron
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Level 76
Sep 20, 2021
Travel actives know Afghanistan was known as sort of a "hippie paradise" at the end part of the royal times. Well, at least the older ones who did it, and the younger ones who read older travel books.
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Level 65
Sep 22, 2021
"99.7% of Afghanis are Muslim". People from Afghanistan are called Afghans. Not Afghanis. Think you are mistaking the suffix for Iraqis.
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Level 79
Nov 7, 2023
I imagine Pakistani and that other word also add to the confusion, maybe more so with the -stan association
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Level 55
Sep 22, 2021
Still trying to figure out why Obama won a Nobel Peace Prize at all??? For not being Bush? The guy bombed like 7 nations and largely expanded and continued the policies of Bush, but when Hollywood and media love you, I guess it makes you cool.
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Level 75
Sep 22, 2021
The award was certainly questionable and seems to have been somewhat aspirational. However, your list of troubling actions came after the award so could not have been a consideration.
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Level 66
May 21, 2023
It was due to the color of his skin.
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Level 43
Mar 5, 2024
The Peace prize is handed out in very silly ways tbh.
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Level 65
Sep 22, 2021
Excellent quiz
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Level 71
Sep 22, 2021
Misread question #10 as "The British army" rather than "A British army". Nice phrasing, it got me. While we're splitting hairs, should "Army" be capitalized?
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Level 33
Mar 9, 2024
got everything right by guess-fluke except the British army one- the more you know!