How Much Do You Actually Know About The Middle East?

Answer these questions, which get harder as you go along, to test your knowledge of the Middle East and the Arab World at large.
Some answers may be debatable, but the most commonly accepted one is correct
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Last updated: May 31, 2020
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1. What is the most common official language in the Middle East?
French
Persian
Hebrew
Arabic
Others include Hebrew, Farsi, and Pashto, depending on the definition of the Middle East one uses.
2. In a somewhat conservative definition of the Middle East, it lies primarily on what continent?
Africa
It is a continent
Europe
Asia
Egypt or Turkey might also be included, and they straddle the Asian boundaries with Europe and Africa, respectively.
3. What religion is most widely associated with the Middle East, especially outside Israel?
Islam
Christianity
Buddhism
Baha'i
Especially Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
4. Which of the following empires originated in or near the Middle East?
Tibetan
Assyrian
Mongol
Roman
Most likely in Iraq, near the Turkish border.
5. Which of the following is a (modern) Middle Eastern capital city?
Akkad
Riyadh
Istanbul
Dubai
Of Saudi Arabia. Akkad no longer exists; Istanbul is not the capital of Turkey (Ankara is) and Dubai is not the capital of the UAE (Abu Dhabi is).
6. Which of the following is a term for a particular group of rich countries in the Middle East?
Middle Eastern Union
OPEC
NAFTA
Oil-Rich Gulf States
The term often refers to the UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, and Kuwait.
7. What does the phrase “Allahu Akbar” (الله أكبر) most closely mean?
It's a person's name
"Allah is great"
"For the homeland"
"For the jihad"
8. In a poll, which Middle Eastern country did Iraqi citizens most frequently see as a threat to peace?
Yemen
Iran
Israel
Saudi Arabia
The poll collected limited results in the Middle East, but Iraqis certainly saw Israel as the greatest threat worldwide.
9. Many people think of the Middle East as just being a desert. According to the CIA, which of these countries has the most total forest?
Iraq
Yemen
Saudi Arabia
Oman
9770 square kilometers, with Iraq just behind at 8250. Turkey has the most in the broader Middle East.
10. Which Middle Eastern country has the highest or second highest GDP per capita in the world (by purchasing power parity)?
Saudi Arabia
Qatar
UAE
Israel
Somewhere between $124900 and $138900, international. The only major database which places Qatar second is the CIA World Factbook, which ranks Liechtenstein higher.
11. How many people died in the Middle East and North Africa due to terrorism in 2017?
About 110,000
About 1,000
More than 1,000,000
About 11,000
According to Our World in Data, 10,819.
12. Which of these superlatives is held by a Middle Eastern country?
Lowest population density in Asia
Highest nominal GDP
Highest recorded temperature
Lowest human development outside Africa
Held by Yemen, with an index of 0.463. The two “highest” ranks are both held by the US, and the lowest population density in Asia is Mongolia.
13. Which of the following epi- and pandemics primarily affected the Middle East?
Pneumonic Plague
Swine Flu
MERS
H1N1
MERS stands for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. Ironically, it is thought to have come from camels.
14. True or False: From 2000 to 2019, most US terrorists were immigrants from the Middle East.
False
True
In fact, 39 were American-born, while only 9 were Middle Eastern-born. More people came from elsewhere, including Africa and other parts of Asia, than from the Middle East.
15. Which of the following language groups does not contain a language widely spoken in the Middle East?
Khoisan
Indo-European
Ural-Altaic
Semitic
The Khoisan languages are spoken primarily in southwestern Africa.
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