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Haiti... or Dominican Republic?

For each statement, guess whether it refers to Haiti or the Dominican Republic.
Quiz by Aaron197
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Last updated: June 4, 2020
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First submittedFebruary 15, 2019
Times taken35,674
Average score80.0%
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1. Is further east
Dominican Republic
Haiti
2. Was a French colony
Dominican Republic
Haiti
3. Has a higher GDP per capita
Dominican Republic
Haiti
4. Baseball is the most popular sport
Dominican Republic
Haiti
5. Its capital city is Santo Domingo
Dominican Republic
Haiti
6. Became an independent state first
Dominican Republic
Haiti
7. Has two official languages
Dominican Republic
Haiti
Haiti's two official languages are French and Haitian Creole. The Dominican Republic speaks Spanish.
8. Home to the first permanent European settlement in the Americas
Haiti
Dominican Republic
9. 95% of the population is black
Haiti
Dominican Republic
10. An earthquake killed over 100,000 people in 2010
Haiti
Dominican Republic
11. Was ruled by dictators "Papa Doc" and "Baby Doc"
Dominican Republic
Haiti
12. Has the larger land area
Dominican Republic
Haiti
13. Is known for its cigars
Dominican Republic
Haiti
Cigars make up 5% of the Dominican Republic's exports
14. Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta was born there
Dominican Republic
Haiti
15. Is known for Vodou (aka Voodoo)
Dominican Republic
Haiti
Most Haitians are Christians. No accurate numbers exist for how many people practice Vodou, especially since some Vodou practices are mixed together with Christian ones
36 Comments
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Level 67
Feb 22, 2019
Had one attempt for the fun of it....thought I didn't know that much (do know some basics 'cause i studied history). Apparently also some good guesses. Got a 100% at first attempt. Fully surprised myself. xD
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Level 73
Feb 22, 2019
Interesting, same thing happened to me, I was surprised. Nice when hunches pay off.
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Level 65
May 16, 2019
Same!
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Level 91
Feb 22, 2019
With the exception of "Gained independence first" if it has negative connotations choose Haiti. Poorer, dictators, earthquakes, smaller, voodoo...
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Level 66
Feb 22, 2019
What's so bad about having multiple languages?
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Level 91
Feb 22, 2019
Nothing, it's agnostic.No negative connotation either way.
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Level 76
May 15, 2019
And vodou? Worse than...?
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Level 26
Jun 22, 2022
voodoo haram
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Level 76
May 15, 2019
'smaller' and 'having multiple languages' are not negative. New Zealand is smaller than Australia, and has multiple languages, and we take pride in both of these things.
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Level 57
Apr 8, 2021
You take pride in being small? OK
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Level 69
Jun 18, 2022
There's nothing wrong with being small, especially not "smaller than Australia", which is a pretty common thing to be among countries!
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Level 26
Jun 22, 2022
but he never mentioned multiple national languages
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Level 58
Apr 14, 2020
how is voodoo something negative?
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Level 72
Feb 8, 2023
Voodoo doesn't exactly have the greatest reputation. It's perceived as something a bit more barbaric, like witchcraft or black magic.
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Level 82
May 21, 2024
Voodoo is a complex religion with deep spiritual practices. The Hollywood version (which was popularised during a time of deep anti-black racism) is not the truth.

If you take the time to learn about the reality of it, voodoo is fascinating.

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Level 71
May 21, 2024
Vodou's negative reputation can almost entirely be blamed on the overall Western bias against indigenous religions. It being a closed practice just adds to the "people fear what they don't understand" aspect of it.
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Level 85
Feb 22, 2019
Thank you, Seinfeld!
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Level 15
Feb 22, 2019
I found these questions pretty easy and not too interesting. Maybe try to put more challenging questions that don't seem too obvious. If you agree, try adrmcm's quiz series which is very similar to this one, though he started his idea first. Overall, good idea, though changes MUST be made :)
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Level 47
Feb 24, 2019
Not sure why it's "easy". I only missed 2, but I mostly guessed. What's easy for you isn't easy for other people.
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Level 89
Feb 25, 2019
When did someone decide we spell voodoo differently?
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Level 74
Feb 26, 2019
I'm not sure who the 'we' is, but it's spelled in many ways, reflecting the challenges of transliteration and word-borrowing between languages.
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Level 71
May 21, 2024
Voodoo is an incorrect, Western bastardization of the word. Vodou is the appropriate spelling
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Level 66
May 15, 2019
How about Larger Population? Haiti has around 1 million people more than the DR in 2017 according to Worldometer
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Level 69
May 16, 2019
Everyone has a higher gdp than Haiti
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Level 66
Sep 12, 2020
How about making harder by having 'both' and 'neither' options?
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Level ∞
Jun 11, 2022
I like how it is now.
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Level 44
Oct 20, 2021
Wow, I only got 4 wrong on my first attempt, and most of my answers were just guesses.
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Level 26
Jun 22, 2022
saym
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Level 82
Jun 18, 2022
Good quiz but easy.
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Level 45
Jun 18, 2022
I cant believe I got 100 percent
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Level 69
Jul 7, 2023
It's crazy how two places so demographically similar like Haiti/DR, North/South Korea and Israel/Palestine are so different.

Humans are weird.

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Level 82
May 21, 2024
Haiti and the Dominican Republic are not really that similar demographically.
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Level 35
Sep 21, 2023
1957 – François Duvalier (pictured), nicknamed Papa Doc, was elected President of Haiti as a populist before consolidating power and ruling as a dictator for the rest of his life

september 2022

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Level 59
Mar 13, 2024
Correction: the DR was also a French colony for a number of years. Spain ceded the colony (then known as Santo Domingo) to France in 1795. Toussaint Louverture took effective control in France's name in 1801. The last French troops left in 1809.

Fun quiz otherwise!

Suggestions for additional questions:

- first to be visited by Christopher Columbus (that's Haiti)

- country that invaded its neighbor in 1822 (that's Haiti)

- site of a mausoleum supposedly holding the remains of C. Columbus (that's the DR)

- birthplace of bird painter John James Audubon (that's Haiti)

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Level 30
May 21, 2024
I got 15/15 at the first try, nice.
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Level 81
May 28, 2024
Very easy if one has lived for a long time in NYC where there are nearly as many Dominicans as in DR.