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Ethiopia Country Quiz

🇪🇹 Can you guess these facts about the country of Ethiopia?
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Last updated: November 7, 2019
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Capital of Ethiopia
Addis Ababa
Major international organization is located in that city
African Union
Geographical region in which Ethiopia is located
Horn of Africa
Major river that flows through the country
Blue Nile
Country which broke away from Ethiopia in 1993
Eritrea
Largest country that Ethiopia borders
Sudan
Smallest country it borders
Djibouti
Ethiopia's official language
Amharic
Crop that has its origins in Ethiopia and today is one of the country's largest exports
Coffee
Skeleton of an early hominid species from 3.2 million years ago discovered in 1974
(hint: a female name)
Lucy
Country that invaded Ethiopia in 1936
Italy
Emperor of Ethiopia: 1930–1975
Haile Selassie
Religion that worships that emperor as its Messiah
Rastafarianism
Former name of Ethiopia
Abyssinia
City in Ethiopia that was the center of an empire that lasted from 100–940 AD
Aksum
Branch of Christianity practiced by a plurality of Ethiopians
Ethiopian Orthodox
Currency of Ethiopia
Birr
Ancient religious artifact that a church in Ethiopia claim to possess
Ark of the Covenant
Olympic event won by Abebe Bikila in 1960 while not wearing shoes
Marathon
Series of concerts held in the U.S. and the U.K. to raise money to relieve
the 1983–1985 Ethiopian famine
Live Aid
39 Comments
+13
Level ∞
Nov 6, 2019
FYI, I changed the official type-in for Addis Ababa to accept simply "Addis", which is common shorthand for the city when people talk about it.
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Level 73
Sep 16, 2020
Just out of curiousity, do you have some sort of centralized type-in manager where if you change the official type-in for a country it changes in all featured quizzes on the site, or do you have to do it manually for every quiz?
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Level ∞
Sep 16, 2020
If you set the type-in type to "auto", then it is centrally managed.
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Level ∞
Nov 6, 2019
The Live Aid concerts were a travesty. Ethiopia's famine wasn't primary the result of drought. It was mostly caused by the terrible communist dictatorship that ruled the country at the time. Unfortunately, much of the money generated from the concerts went to that dictatorship, who used it to purchase weapons.
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Level 82
Nov 6, 2019
And it unleashed Bob Geldof onto an unsuspecting world...
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Level ∞
Dec 31, 2019
Whose efforts to fund a corrupt dictatorship have earned him the 76th spot on a poll of 100 Greatest British People of All-Time, one spot above Robbie Williams, and two spots above Edward Jenner who created the vaccine for smallpox.
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Level 71
May 28, 2022
I think it's a bit much to say Bob Geldof was attempting to fund a corrupt, evil dictatorship. I mean it's sad that much of the money went to waste, but Geldof quite genuinely had good intentions, and he didn't know about the government's involvement in the famine. He wasn't a bad person, just somewhat ignorant. He's continued to do charity work for Africa, some with moderate success.
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Level 76
Nov 6, 2019
I've been reading a decent bit about famines lately, and from what I've read, it seems as though literally no famines of the 20th century (and arguably, no famines that have ever occurred in the modern world) were primarily a result of bad weather. They're practically always a result of bad government policy and an unequal distribution of food, whether you're talking about Ethiopia, the Irish potato famine, Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge, India under the British, Ukraine under the USSR, or China under Mao. They all could have been resolved fairly easily if their respective governments wanted to end them.
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Level ∞
Dec 31, 2019
Agree generally, but I'd modify it to post-WWII only. From my limited knowledge of the subject, I would argue that the Chinese famine of 1931 was mostly related to weather.
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Level 76
Nov 6, 2019
Let's not take our eye off the ball here. Governments certainly exacerbate the problem, and here the Ethiopian government apparently used famine as a weapon of war against its opponents. But Ethiopia has experienced periodic famines as the result of drought down the centuries, well before communism was a even gleam in Lenin's eye. Many famines will come in our lifetimes as the result of climate change (in turn, admittedly, caused by man's eagerness to keep pumping CO2 into the atmosphere). Australia already has a serious drought; no-one is suggesting their government can do anything about that (unless there is a worldwide initiative to, and countries are far too selfish to do that).
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Level ∞
Nov 7, 2019
The percentage of world GDP spent on food is at the lowest level ever recorded. So far in the 21st century the rate of famine has been the lowest ever. I see no reason why this will change. If there are major famines, they will be because a government is preventing food resources from reaching its citizens. Global warming is still a huge problem, of course, but food production continues to rise faster than the population and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
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Level 62
Nov 7, 2019
Ark of the Covenant, pfff. Everyone knows that it's the Holy Handgrenade of Antioch!
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Level 93
Nov 7, 2019
First shalt thou take out the Holy Pin. Then, shalt thou count to three. No more. No less.
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Level 82
Nov 7, 2019
It's supposedly at a church in Axum, but you're not allowed to look at it.
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Level 91
Dec 11, 2019
Well yeah, you saw what happened to the nazis who looked at it...
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Level 82
Nov 7, 2019
Easy. :) My trip there in 2010 helped. Lovely country. Lovely people. haha... I got the last answer by typing in "Band Aid".. I was close but curious why this is accepted.
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Level 84
Jul 13, 2020
Band Aid was the name of the supergroup brought together by Geldof to record the charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas?" to raise funds for Ethiopia. Live Aid followed on from its success. I guess QM considers that close enough.
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Level 46
May 11, 2021
Was the famine in the 80s also why all the big names got together in 1984 and sang We Are The World?
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Level 82
May 28, 2022
ah, alright. Thanks.
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Level 84
Nov 8, 2019
It took me about 12 attempts to find a spelling that would be accepted for Abyssinia.
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Level 74
Nov 9, 2019
Agreed! Please have more type-ins for Abyssinia - I knew it but ran out of time for spelling experimentation :P
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Level 75
Jul 14, 2020
Whenever I see that name I always think of Col. Henry Blake on MASH.
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Level 78
Dec 31, 2019
Here's a somewhat more wholesome charity story. Karlheinz Böhm, the actor some may know from Peeping Tom, appeared in a game show in 1981. He bet that not even a third of the watchers would spend a mark on charity. He won that bet, but with the raised money, went to Ethiopia to found a project called Menschen für Menschen (MfM = "Humans for Humans"). The goal was to help people help themselves in the long run. Its role under the dictatorship is ambivalent; MfM saved up to 100 000 lives following the drought, but they were apolitical and did the government's dirty job. MfM's impact is limited to a local level but has been certified to be highly transparent and effective through the years. Böhm was the first foreigner to be granted honorary citizenship, in 2003. He died in 2014.
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Level 58
Jul 5, 2020
Bikila did win the 1960 and 1964 marathons, but only in 1960 he did so barefoot. He did wear shoes in 1964.
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Level 89
Jul 13, 2020
Still, he managed to accomplish something I could never do.
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Level 66
Jul 13, 2020
I only know about Live Aid because my parents went to Live 8 in 2005
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Level 62
Jul 14, 2020
yeesh you live under a huge rock dontcha
+7
Level 73
Sep 16, 2020
Nah it's just a generation gap probably
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Level 47
Jul 14, 2020
Tried ortodox, but not orthodox :( d
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Level 64
Jul 24, 2020
Don't they claim to have the vera crux?
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Level 87
Sep 4, 2020
It would be nice if you accept "Ortodox" for "Orthodox". :)
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Level 63
Feb 15, 2021
I could not figure out how to spell Abyssinia.
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Level 72
Mar 3, 2021
Couldn't "ahmaric" be accepted? As its spelling doesn't come nor relates to english grammar...
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Level 61
Apr 20, 2021
Thank you bill wurtz for Aksum
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Level 68
May 28, 2022
I think to myself, "I know nothing about Ethiopia" but I get 15/20 in the quiz! Quietly pleased.
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Level 24
Apr 15, 2023
I knew Haile Selassie, but I totally forgot it.
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Level 60
May 16, 2023
16/20 happy enough with that
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Level 55
Oct 27, 2023
Ethiopia has five different official languages, not only Amharic.

They have Amharic, Afar, Oromo, Tigrinya and Somali all as official languages.

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Level 49
Mar 4, 2024
"claim" should be "claims" in "a church in Ethiopia claim to possess", right?