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Africa GeoQuiz Answers

Submitted by on February 29, 2012 – 8:21 pm 6 Comments |  
Yesterday’s GeoNote introduced this Sub-Saharan Africa GeoQuiz. This page shows the answers in bold, so if you would like to first take the quiz without seeing the answers, see yesterday’s post before scrolling down.






1. The island marked A:

b. has a unique mixture of Southeast Asian and African cultural influences; all of its closely related indigenous dialects are Austronesian, linked to those of Insular Southeast Asia.

(Madagascar was first settled by people from what is now Indonesia a little more than a 1,000 years ago)

2. The green coastal strip labeled B:

d. is mostly Muslim, and is noted for the fact that most of its people speak Swahili as their first language.

The coastal strip of Kenya and Tanzania is sometimes called the Swahili Coast; although the Swahili language is used over much of East Africa, it is the dominant first language only on the coast, a strongly Muslim area.

3. The yellow area marked C:

d. was the historical core of a series of Abyssinian (Ethiopian) kingdoms; this largely malaria-free region has been mostly Christian for some 1,700 years.

North-central Ethiopia and much or Eritrea formed the core area of historical Abyssinia, long a largely Christian area, its faith linked to the Coptic Christianity of Egypt.

4. The country marked D:

b. is noted for its well-run government, relatively high social indicators, and political stability – as well as for its high rate of HIV-AIDs.

Botswana is well known in development studies for its well-run government and low levels of corruption, which have allowed resource wealth (diamonds especially) to be translated into broad social gains. AIDs is a huge problem, however.

5. The blue area marked E is:

b. demographically dominated by the so-called Coloured population – a people of mixed ancestry (largely Khoi [Hottentot] and European, but with some Indonesian and Bantu) who speak Afrikaans (a Dutch-derived language).

Most people in western South Africa belong to the mixed-race Coloured population, which is generally Afrikaans speaking.  Much of this area, however, is quite sparsely populated.

6. The orange area marked F:

b. is mostly Yoruba-speaking, but is religiously divided among Muslims, Christians, and practitioners of the  traditional Yoruba faith.

Southwestern Nigeria is the heart of Yorubaland, a culturally distinctive although religiously mixed area.

7. The purple country (including the island) marked G:

b. is one of Africa’s richest countries on a per capita GDP basis, but most of its people are poor, owing in part to high levels of governmental corruption.

The term “kleptocracy,” or “government by thieves,” was probably coined in reference to Equatorial Guinea, sub-Saharan Africa’s richest state on the basis of per capita GDP.

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  • While it was the only one that fit, I was quite surprised that Cape Coloureds would be the dominant population over so large an area.

    • As you can see from the slide I’ve attached, Afrikaans (and the Coloureds population) is dominant over a large territory (see map on the left), but most of that territory is sparsely populated (as shown in the map on the right). In other words, most of the few people living in that larger area are Afrikaans-speaking Coloureds…

      • Some good maps are also found in the Wikipedia article on the demographics of South Africa: 

        • Aurelgugus

          Maybe you could add more of these quiz in a section of the site! I found this one really interesting. In France, geo quiz or exams are mainly based on placing countries and capitals on a map…

          • We will definitely consider adding such a feature to the site — thank you for expressing your interest!

          •  Hey Aurelgugus, I just put together a new part of the site that hosts this Africa quiz, the new Oceania quiz, and any new geoquizzes that come on the site in the future. You can find it here: