Ethnic Groups by Country Quiz #2

Name the modern-day country that has the largest population of each selected ethnic group.
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Ethnicity: The common characteristics of a group of people, especially regarding ancestry, culture, language or national experiences.
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First submittedJuly 12, 2012
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Ethnic Group
Country
Sherpas
Nepal
Arabs
Egypt
Basques
Spain
Khmer
Cambodia
Tatars
Russia
Zulus
South Africa
Uyghurs
China
Ethnic Group
Country
Cherokees
United States
Javanese
Indonesia
Nubians
Sudan
Hispanics
Mexico
Bengalis
Bangladesh
Ainu
Japan
Punjabis
Pakistan
Ethnic Group
Country
Tagalog
Philippines
Acadians
Canada
Inuit
Denmark (Greenland)
Berbers
Morocco / Algeria
Sinhalese
Sri Lanka
Druze
Syria
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Level 32
Oct 22, 2012
Very interesting quiz. I also expected Kurds to be on the list... btw, isn't this quiz meant to show up minorities? Just because of the Arabs in Egypt, thought they're the majority.
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Level 63
Oct 31, 2012
The quiz instructions mention nothing about minorities.
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Level 55
Apr 14, 2015
In the bible it explains that Hagar, an Egyptian woman had a child, Ishmael, with Abraham. Ishmael became the first Arab.
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Level 47
Apr 27, 2015
Do you really have to bring the Bible into this? Can't we have one comment section without some literal Bible believer claiming we all came from one dude a few thousand years ago. That has been refuted big time, and I'm sick of hearing about it over and over again
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Level 69
Aug 20, 2017
Oh boy.
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Level 80
Aug 20, 2017
It's funny seeing people try to make historical sense of stories with as much credence as The Tortoise and the Hare or The Little Engine That Could.
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Level 64
Aug 20, 2017
Oh no! Are you telling me, after all these years, that The Little Engine actually Couldn't??? ;-)
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Level 80
Aug 20, 2017
Fret not, Cwej. I'm sure Solomon has some kind of detailed analysis that proves the Little Engine, in fact, Could.
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Level 55
Aug 23, 2017
Whoa, why all the hostility?! if you don't like religious posts, just pass on by. All the person did was share some info. I found it interesting, at least. It's not like they preached a sermon full of fire and brimstone. No need to get your atheistic panties in a bunch XD
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Level 80
Aug 24, 2017
ryan: that's a popular meme amongst the religious these days, but it's not a well supported idea. The old Jewish texts that became the Old Testament include all sorts of mundane minutiae concerning specific histories and genealogies; a book intended to be purely a philosophical work wouldn't bother with that. Christian theology falls apart completely if the history presented in Genesis is not literally true. Archaeology as a discipline was born when early Christians traveled to Palestine in search of artifacts proving the validity of the Bible, based on the belief that it was a literal and true history. The historical record indicates strongly that everyone from Moses on up to Pat Robertson believed the Bible (and Quran) to be literally true and an accurate historical record.

Of course, the fact that it is so obviously not is inconvenient to believers today. And, so, this metaphor/allegory meme was born and popularized.
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Level 80
Mar 17, 2019
(someone who has since been purged left a comment here suggesting that Christians don't take the Bible as literal truth but understand it was written as allegory)
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Level 60
Jul 7, 2020
The only people more annoying than militant religious types are militant atheists.
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Level 80
Jul 7, 2020
What the hell is a militant atheist? I'm sure I've never seen one of those. You've mistaken being less ignorant than yourself about the effects that religion has on the world, and not as cowardly when speaking honestly, for militancy. Annoying.
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Level 49
Jul 11, 2020
Annyong
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Level 80
Jul 12, 2020
Annyong haseyo
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Level 80
Jan 26, 2014
Got everything except for the Acadians.

Personally I do not buy that there are many ethnic Arabs in Egypt at all. Arabic-speaking people around the world did not start to identify themselves as Arabs until the rise of Arab Nationalism which began in the 1900s. This was a political movement that grew out of a combination of things including opposition to Ottoman (Turkish) rule over most Arabic-speaking people, Western Imperialism up to and immediately following World War I, and most importantly, the personal ambitions of the Sharif of Mecca and his opposition to Zionism, the growth of which encroached on his own political power interests, which by cynically and erroneously labeling as Arab and Muslim issues he successfully changed from a local issue into the cause-du-jour of the entire Arabic-speaking world and greater Muslim ulemma for the next century.

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Level 80
Jan 26, 2014
Anyway the people of Egypt are Egyptians or Copts. Historically, "Arab" only applied to the desert nomads who lived beyond the borders of civilization which stopped at Jordan, Israel, and Iraq. Before 1900 or 1850 if you had asked any Egyptian if they were Arab they would have been perplexed. As conquered subjects of 12th Century Arabs they were forced to adopt some components of Arab culture, language, and religion; but they did not become Arabs to my mind any more than the Cherokee became English. Popular political movements of the last century convinced most of them otherwise, but in my opinion the only real Arabs in the world are the people indigenous to Yemen and to a lesser extent the other countries of the Arabian peninsula (Saudi Arabia, Oman, the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait).
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Level 80
Jan 26, 2014
Did I say Sharif of Mecca? ... I meant the Mufti of Jerusalem.
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Level 78
Apr 14, 2015
Acadians were easy for me because of Longfellow's poem, "Evangeline". The French Acadians from Nova Scotia moved to Louisiana and became the Cajuns.
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Level 70
Apr 14, 2015
This is the forest primeval...
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Level 59
Apr 14, 2015
Ah, yes, another never-ending demographic debate: Should Arabs be distinguished by country borders and in which contexts to do it?
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Level 80
Apr 14, 2015
Not really like that. Are Jamaicans English? Are Equatorial Guineans Spanish? If no, then why would we consider Moroccans or Lebanese to be Arabs?
On the other hand, ethnicity is whatever identity people ascribe to themselves, so even if we can see that this trend is completely recent and more to do with politics than anything else, if Egyptians, Algerians, Sudanese and Iraqis want to call themselves Arab, then I suppose they're Arab. I just won't think of them as such. No need for a debate.
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Level 77
Oct 27, 2016
Why would we consider Englishmen to be English then?
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Level 80
Jun 21, 2017
Maybe because in addition to speaking English and being English in culture they also live in England, and most have family histories and genetics going back that are also thoroughly English. Their parents, grand parents, and great great great grandparents were probably all or predominantly English. The difference here is mainly that the Arabic-speaking people outside of the Arabian peninsula did not think of themselves as Arabs (and most are not, at least in terms of genetic lineage) until pretty recently. I guess that's the only reason I find it odd. But we're already at a point where most people just take this for granted and within another few generations I'm sure it will just be assumed that this is how it always was. That's how these things tend to work...
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Level 77
Aug 20, 2017
So apparently it's just a question of time before a new mix or acquired identity becomes "official", and yeah, ethnicity is mostly a matter of self-identification. The only wrong thing I see is what you mention at the end – assuming it has always been like this. But it's the same in Europe. There was also a time when many tribes/ethnic groups/populations ... were only recently considered French/German/Spanish/Italian/Russian/Turkish/... and it was all quite political of course, i.e. depending on where the borders were drawn and who conquered whom. The only significant difference with Arabs I see is that many Arab countries don't have a majority Arab origin, but even that is debatable also elsewhere.
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Level 80
Mar 17, 2019
Djilas: yes, exactly, we agree completely.
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Level 78
Jul 7, 2020
I guess I don't understand exactly what ethnicity means. As far as a common ancestry doesn't it all depend on how far back you want to go? The English identity came into being in the early medieval times, but their ancestry includes Celts, Romans, Britons, Germanic tribes, Angles, Saxons, and later, Normans, so wouldn't those be part of their ethnicity, too? The Vikings left their mark on the British Isles, too, and we're guessing either Viking or Celt genes are responsible for our son being a ginger beard, but many of us have such mixtures in our DNA so how can we claim any ethnicity for a single group? It seems to me it has just come to mean whatever group one chooses to identify with.
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Level 80
Jul 7, 2020
ander: whatever group one chooses to identify with. Yeah you pretty much got it. It's not based on genetic lineage or DNA, though that can be among the stories that groups of people tell to try and describe why they have a shared history or identity. But it doesn't necessarily have to be. And the identification is more important than the actual DNA. Also, it's entirely possible someone can identify as having multiple ethnicities. A Mr. Peterson living in New York whose father was from Glasgow and mother was from Pakistan might identify as.. American, a New Yorker, English, British, Pakistani, Muslim, Scandinavian, Scottish, "White," "brown," a "person of color," European, Western European, Northern European, European-American, and Asian all at the same time. That would be unusual but it's entirely possible.
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Level 56
Apr 14, 2015
huh. the only time i've read about sherpas was in tintin in tibet, i thought it was a job, a guide or something.
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Level 46
Apr 16, 2015
The Sherpa are an ethnic group living in Nepal, which is where Mt. Everest is located. Since they're acclimated to the extreme lack of oxygen up there, it's pretty valuable to take one of the indigenous people with you when you try to climb the mountain. Don't worry, you're not alone; I used to think the Sherpa guide was a position or some kind of job, too.
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Level 65
Jun 22, 2020
The term "Sherpa" is often applied to porters in the Himalayas, whom are often ethnic Sherpas, but oftentimes they are from other mountain dwelling cultures such as the Tamang.
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Level 65
Apr 14, 2015
really enjoyed the quiz
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Level 59
Apr 15, 2015
I decided that we were shooting for the 8th century BCE with Acadian and kept guessing Mesopotamian countries. I apparently know more about Akkadians than I do about Canadians. Sorry Canada!
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Level 74
Jul 7, 2020
Usually, it's Canada that's apologizing. We're sorry you're sorry!
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Level 49
Nov 4, 2016
I think Hispanics as an ethnic group is really primarily used in the United States. People living in Spanish-speaking countries don't really refer to themselves that way. You'd be more likely to find people claiming indigenous ethnicities.
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Level 58
Aug 24, 2017
Right, there are Hispanics of American, European, African, Asian, Middle Eastern, and mixed heritage, Hispanic/Latinx isn't really an ethnic group
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Level 65
Nov 9, 2018
Also the Portuguese are Hispanic so shouldn't Brazil be the largest one instead of Mexico? Hispania was the Roman province of modern-day Iberian peninsula, which includes Portugal. Therefore the Portuguese-speaking parts of Latin America are Hispanic.
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Level 65
Jul 7, 2020
That's not how ethnicity works.
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Level 43
Aug 20, 2017
i only guessed basques, javanese, khmer,sherpas,zulus,bengalis,tagalog,hmong and tatars. COol Quiz!
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Level 58
Aug 20, 2017
great quiz!
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Level 45
Aug 20, 2017
I'll admit I didn't have a clue for most of these! Good quiz
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Level 22
Aug 20, 2017
Hi everyone! I made a quiz based around important people in European History! If that interests you, please check it out on my profile. The name is "Influential Figures in European History".
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Level 22
Aug 26, 2017
I'm pretty sure being Hispanic/Latin doesn't mean you're part of an ethnic group? You can find Hispanic people all over the world, there are indigenous ethnic groups among Latin population like Mapuches, etc.
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Level 70
Sep 16, 2017
I think 'Hispanic' has become to mean 'Spanish Speaking' these days, and as that Mexico would be correct.
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Level 80
Mar 17, 2019
Hispanic means "of or relating to the Spanish language or culture."

If you come from a Spanish-speaking country, you are Hispanic.
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Level 63
Sep 26, 2019
I feel that hispanic means "south of Rio Grande" more than anything. I wouldn't count hispanic as an ethnic group, and it feels very strange in this collection of somewhat cohesive groups of people.
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Level 66
Jun 22, 2020
Hispanic is a misleading term developed by ignorant white Americans to suit their domestic racial needs. It has no meaning to "Hispanic" people outside the USA whatsoever and it's at least laughable for actual Spanish.
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Level 80
Jul 7, 2020
wth are you talking about? It means what it means, and it's not even complicated.
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Level 72
Apr 1, 2018
shouldn't the largest population of Hispanic people be in the USA? 'Hispanic' doesn't really exist as an ethnic group anywhere else. In Mexico people identify as Mexicans or whatever ethnic minority in Mexico they are
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Level 37
Apr 28, 2018
True. In most of the world people identify themselves by their country of origin: i.e., Jamaican, Peruvian, Barbadian, Dutch, German, Indian, etc., etc. Only the USA seems intent on "defining" us further.
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Level 80
Mar 17, 2019
false
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Level 80
Mar 17, 2019
false
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Level 66
Mar 17, 2019
For Bedouins, I typed South Sudan thinking I had already typed Sudan, but I didn't....
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Level 54
Mar 18, 2019
isn't the population of bedouins in Saudi Arabia greater than that of Sudan?
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Level 73
Oct 3, 2019
According to the wikipedia page on Bedouins, the vast majority (1.8m) are in Syria, with Saudi Arabia second (680k) and Sudan doesn't even get a mention. The wikipedia page on Sudan doesn't list Bedouins in the demographics section. What is the source of the answer giving Sudan as the most populous area of Bedouins?
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Level 32
Feb 8, 2020
Canada has more Inuit than either Greenland or mainland Denmark, but taken together as the entire Danish Realm, they have more than Canada.
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Level 68
Jun 22, 2020
Hispanic isn't an ethnicity. It is a vague name for a linguistic group, the same way that I am an anglophone, yet I am certainly not ethnically anglophone.
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Level 79
Jun 23, 2020
According to the definition given as a caveat for the quiz, "Hispanic" isn't an ethnicity at all.
Sure, there's a common language, and some of the "Hispanic" countries share some degree of ancestry.
But some of the biggest component of an ethnicity simply aren't there. There are so many ancestral cultures from which current Latin American come and there are so many cultural differences between "Hispanic" countries. Those created different national experiences and also affected the language, with many perceptible regional differences (not quite as the Portuguese divide, but still).
If you want to check further, here's a good starting point.
tl;dr: Saying that "everyone south of the border belongs to the Hispanic ethnicity" is like saying "everyone west of the Caucasus belongs to the European ethnicity", something no one would ever say.
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Level 80
Jul 7, 2020
The common characteristic of Hispanic people is that they come from a Spanish-speaking culture. They almost all speak Spanish. Spanish is a language. It's something that connects them. This isn't hard to understand. And both European and European-American are also valid ethnicities. It's amazing how much confusion this one term (ethnicity) generates. I can only assume it has to do with people for so long accepting the totally BS concept of "race" as being immutable fact, and then not understanding the difference between the two. Even after reading a caveat that explains it pretty clearly.
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Level 26
Jul 10, 2020
Seems to me that ethnicity is only used in the west. In a diverse country like India, defining what ethnicity even means is very complicated. I mean, the only way I would describe myself is as an Urdu-speaking North Indian muslim. Can someone please help me find out my ethnicity?
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Level 80
Jul 11, 2020
Sounds like your ethnicity is Urdu-speaking Northern Indian Muslim.
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Level 44
Jun 23, 2020
Arabs are not only from egypt, they are from the middle east. As well as Hispanics, the are from latin america. You should have more options
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Level 58
Jun 30, 2020
The quiz asks for the country that has the largest population of each ethnic group. Neither the Middle East nor Latin America are countries.
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Level 58
Jul 7, 2020
Nice quiz, although the picture confused me a little at first. Took some time for me to get Egypt, as I was expecting the UAE to be an answer at some point due to the picture of the Sheikh
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Level 61
Jul 7, 2020
Why is Algeria an accepted answer for Berbers? Wikipedia says that Morocco has 18 to 20 million Berbers while Algeria has 9 to 13 million.
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Level 80
Jul 7, 2020
Probably different sources say different things.
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Level 55
Jul 8, 2020
I don't think Hispanic is the correct term for Mexico, being hispanic is not an ethnicity, is has to do with hispanic language.
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Level 80
Jul 8, 2020
Ethnicity: The common characteristics of a group of people, especially regarding ancestry, culture, language or national experiences.
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Level 65
Jul 11, 2020
No kidding - Greenland has more Inuit than all of Canada?
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Level 80
Jul 12, 2020
Well there aren't that many Inuit in total anywhere... though the quick search I did just now indicates that there are 65,000 in Canada and only 50,000 in Greenland. However, the same search says that there are over 16,000 in Denmark proper. I had no idea about this but I guess some Inuit from Greenland decided to move to Denmark after it became a Danish territory?

Anyway, if that source is correct, then there are more in Canada than in Greenland, but Denmark + Greenland beats out Canada by just a hair.