Iran Country Quiz

Can you guess these facts about the country of Iran?
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Last updated: May 16, 2020
First submittedMarch 14, 2014
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Capital city
Tehran
Official language
Persian
Official branch of Islam
Shia
Most important export
Oil
Currency of Iran
Rial
National sport
Freestyle Wrestling
Sea that borders Iran
to the north
Caspian Sea
Title of the Iranian ruler
who was overthrown in 1979
Shah
Leader of the 1979 revolution
Ruhollah Khomeini
Religious title of the above
Ayatollah
What that leader called the U.S.
The Great Satan
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Strait between the Persian Gulf
and Gulf of Oman
Strait of Hormuz
Iran is the only non-African country with
a native population of this big cat
Cheetah
Country that Iran fought a terrible war
against from 1980-1988
Iraq
Kings of ancient Persia
called "The Great"
C
Cyrus
D
Darius
X
Xerxes
Mountain range starting with Z
Zagros
Most of Iran is located in this region
Iranian Plateau
Prophet also called Zarathustra
Zoroaster
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Level 82
May 15, 2014
Got everything except for wrestling. I tend to do better on these that are set in Asia or the Middle East than I do on the ones about European countries. Either the European ones are harder or this is just showing the bias in my life experiences.
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Level 59
May 15, 2014
apparently I can't spell shah.
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Level 82
May 15, 2014
The quiz will also accept "shahmwow"
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Level 71
Sep 26, 2015
Lol xD
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Level 76
Sep 1, 2016
Typed 'football' for national sport, since I think it's far more popular these days, but got wrestling eventually. Otherwise nice and easy.
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Level 82
May 25, 2017
I actually tried buzkashi first.
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Level 82
Nov 7, 2017
This time I tried "dead goat polo" but apparently that's only the national sport of Kyrgyzstan.
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Level 84
Jul 22, 2018
i got the 1979 leader by putting what i thought it was and starting to delete the middle part. No idea what spelling variant was actually accepted.
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Level 50
Nov 6, 2019
I wouldn't ever set my foot in a country where hijab is enforced on women.
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Level 75
May 18, 2020
Families tend to enforce this. Even in your country. Especially if the immigrants are from Africa, Middle East, South or South East Asia.
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Level 68
May 19, 2020
Or where gays are executed...
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Level 84
May 19, 2020
A little outside influence wouldn't hurt.
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Level 60
Jul 23, 2020
That really depends on whose influence it is, because it most definitely can hurt.
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Level 85
Jul 19, 2020
Don't worry. If you ever get captured, Ben Affleck will try to save you!
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Level 82
Jul 19, 2020
if he's not too busy saving us from Islamophobia.
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Level 60
Jul 19, 2020
Most Iranian women don't wear hijab due to enforcement, rather by free will, though. Also, I wouldn't ever set foot in a country where racism is still a thing and people eat each other's genitals.
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Level 55
Jul 19, 2020
Whoa, in which country do people eat each others genitals?
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Level 82
Jul 19, 2020
That sounds like some of the crazy things that my Saudi students would say about Iranians, Bengalis, and Jews... and I thought the stuff that Americans believed about Mexicans was bad...
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Level 73
Jul 19, 2020
@Elgengrau You are very lucky if you live in a country where racism doesn't exist. Sadly, it is still a thing most everywhere...
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Level 82
Jul 19, 2020
His profile says he's from Pakistan. Racism still very much alive and well there.
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Level 73
Nov 2, 2020
Indeed it is.
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Level 72
Jul 20, 2020
I'd love to go to Iran, myself. Maybe sometime after their government stops being quite to hostile to US citizens.
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Level 60
Jul 23, 2020
Iran opposes the brutal imperialism of the US government, not its ordinary citizens. And rightly so.
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Level 54
Aug 27, 2020
Iran welcomes US Citizens, I go to Iran every two years during the summer. No issue, always welcome. Probably the only country in the Middle East with the best food, best culture/history, and greatest hospitality. 10/10 Would Recommend. Might even take my friend with me for a couple of weeks next year, depending on COVID.
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Level 34
May 20, 2020
I think they have to understand and change, if it is imposed by another state, not only is it useless but can be used in the future as an excuse to go back to the past
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Level 71
May 28, 2020
I tried like 5 different spellings of Cambyses before remembering the existence of the greatest great Persian king of them all.
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Level 66
Jul 19, 2020
Only got wrestling because I remembered that Kurt Angle won his gold medal against an Iranian and I always thought that was weird because you don't hear a lot about Iran in the Olympics.
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Level 69
Jul 19, 2020
Never heard of the Iranian Plateau before. I only got it because I had time to spare and started typing every geographical formation I could think of.
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Level 60
Jul 19, 2020
Sounds about right
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Level 73
Jul 19, 2020
I would maybe concede that Miley Cyrus is good. But great? Nah.
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Level 70
Jul 20, 2020
It refers to Billy Ray Cyrus surely....
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Level 78
Jul 22, 2020
Nice to see him on the same quiz with Darius Rucker. I'm a fan of anyone who can go from Hootie and the Blowfish to a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
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Level 70
Jul 29, 2020
First 14 questions are reasonably get-able. Then you hit the last six like a brick wall.
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Level 82
Aug 25, 2020
Good quiz!

Love Persian history and culture.

Can you accept “u” for “o” in both “Khomeiny” and “Ayattollah”? I just gave up on spelling them right because I stuck on the “u” spelling, and got 18/20...

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Level 65
Sep 3, 2020
The quiz refers to cheetahs as big cats and in a literal sense this is of course appropriate. A stricter definition of the term 'big cat', also reflected by academic usage, only includes members of the genus Panthera. Namely, they are leopard, lion, jaguar, tiger and snow leopard. The cheetah (genus Acinonyx) is not normally associated with this group, particularly due to major anatomical differences. Personally, i would be immensely pleased, if the phrase 'big cat' could be changed to a more agreeable alternative, for example 'large cat'.
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Level 59
Apr 13, 2021
^
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Level 52
Mar 19, 2021
For some reason, I kept on typing "Cyprus" for "Cyrus"
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Level 44
May 5, 2021
Cool Quiz! One thing tho: I know it's pretty nitpicky, but the caspian sea isn't actually a sea, but a lake/the biggest lake on earth ;) It even adds to the difficulty of the question if you put it like that!
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Level 67
May 27, 2021
If anyone wants to take another cool quiz on Iran (or just see a cool map), try mine here!
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Level 34
Jun 29, 2021
I doubt most Americans know that the CIA in 1953 staged a violent, deadly coup that resulted in the overthrow of the legitimate, democratically-elected, moderate government. The CIA gave more power back to the corrupt monarchy.

If the US hadn't actually actively overthrown a perfectly decent government in 1953, there would have been no "Great Satan" comment from the fundamentalist leadership that came to power in 1979.

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Level 34
Jun 29, 2021
There's so much to learn about Iran!

Cyrus the Great, for instance, allowed the the peoples who had been exiled from their lands under the Babylonian empire to return; one of those peoples was the Jewish people. The edict itself is inscribed on the Cyrus cylinder, on display in the British Museum.

The Persian Empire (Achaemenid) was one of the greatest empires ever. It was a multi-ethnic, multi-faith, tolerant entity. It allowed the Greek cities of Ionia a substantial amount of autonomy. (Too bad about Xerxes, though--he really ruined things with his invasion of Greece.) The ruins of this empire in Susa and Persepolis are among the most exquisite ancient ruins anywhere.

The Persian empire was also an inspiration to the founders of the US Republic.

The coins of the Persian empire, the "Darics" are among the most iconic in ancient coin collecting, featuring a kneeling archer.

Zoroastrianism had a substantial influence on Judaism and Christianity. Zarathustra inspired Nietzsche.

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Level 34
Jun 29, 2021
That was just the ancient stuff, and I'm omitting so much. The Khwarazmian Empire is the greatest empire you've never heard of.

The famous poet Rumi was a subject of this empire, although technically he was born in what we now call Afghanistan. Who's Rumi? "A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and thou." That Rumi!

I know far less about the centuries after the fall of the Khwarazmian Empire until the disastrous US intervention in 1953, but I'm sure there's much that's interesting to learn there, too. One thing I do know is that there are many Islamic paintings from the medieval era showing human figures, so the next time you read in the media that Islam does not allow the depiction of the body, remember that this is not true for all times and places.