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Asian Islands

Name these islands located in Asia.
Last updated: January 28, 2014
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Clue
Island
Main island of Japan
Honshu
Northern island of Japan
Hokkaido
City-state on tip of Malay Peninsula
Singapore
"India's teardrop"
Sri Lanka
Resort island in southern Thailand
Phuket
The eastern part recently
became a new country
Timor
Formerly known as Formosa
Taiwan
Indonesian resort island
Bali
Separated from Malaysia by
the Strait of Malacca
Sumatra
Most populous island in the world
Java
Cataclysmic eruption in 1883
Krakatoa
Clue
Island
Home to Manila
Luzon
World's second biggest island
New Guinea
Largest of Japan's Ryukyu islands;
site of a bloody WWII battle
Okinawa
Shared by Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brunei
Borneo
Large southern Philippine island
Mindanao
Contains South Korea's highest mountain
Jeju
Large Yemeni island in Arabian Sea
Socotra
Largest in Russia, just north of Japan
Sakhalin
Shares its name with the
second biggest city in the UAE
Abu Dhabi
Island country in the Persian Gulf
Bahrain
China's largest island
Hainan
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level 75
Feb 26, 2014
Not very hard. I only missed Socatra.. never even heard of that one before. You could have included Cebu, Leyte, or Mactan... good potential clues for each of those.
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level 75
Feb 26, 2014
Cebu: location of the Philippine's 2nd biggest city; Leyte: where MacArthur promised he would return to; Mactan: where Magellan met his end at the hands of Lapu-Lapu.

Or you could include Australia, Tasmania, or New Zealand in the quiz and piss off some people who believe they shouldn't be part of Asia, that's fun, too.
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level 64
Feb 26, 2014
Before this quiz was featured, the percentage of correct answers were mostly around 85-65% with Socotra and Jeju at about 30%. I've heard about Cebu before, of course, but can't say I've heard of Mactan and possibly Leyte... seems familiar. I just didn't want to include another island from South East Asia. Could have put Gan, the largest in the Maldives or Odaiba in Tokyo Bay, or Kavaratti in the Lakshadweep Islands.
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level 75
Feb 26, 2014
/shrug/ up to you. Good quiz anyway. :) I've lived for 5 years on the Arabian peninsula and 3 months on the Korean peninsula- had definitely heard of Jeju before many times. Socotra not so much. Cebu, Mactan, Leyte... I've been to all of those so maybe I'm biased. Though Leyte was in the news a lot lately as the site of the worst devastation from typhoon Haiyan.
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level 55
May 6, 2014
If going for regional variety, I think Wrangel would definitely fit the bill.
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level 77
Apr 21, 2014
New guinea is not in Asia but in Oceania. It belongs to the australian plate and there are marsupials on it...
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level 64
Apr 21, 2014
New Guinea - Indonesia. Indonesia - Asia. Asia - Afro-Eurasia. Afro-Eurasia - supercontinent. Supercontinent - Pangaea. Pangaea - dinosaurs. Dinosaurs - meteors. Meteors - meatier. Meatier - meat. Meat - kangaroo. Kangaroo - marsupial. Marsupials - Australia. Oh ok I gotchu.
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level 77
Oct 15, 2014
You're making fun of me while I'm obviously right ? Learn your geography, man... (or should I say mate ?)
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level 64
Oct 15, 2014
Okay, sorry. That reply was a little uncalled for. But New Guinea is an island in Asia. For your tectonic plate reason, this can be said of many other countries. Japan and Iceland both extensive land on the North American plate, but no one would argue that they are not in Asia or Europe, respectively. Also, marsupials can be found elsewhere in the world, i.e. the Virginia possum. If you're specifically talking about monotremes (the platypus and long-beaked and short-beaked echidnas), they can be found on New Guinea as well as Australia as a result of the last ice age. New Guinea can also be considered a more Asian island than an Australian one because of the difference in climate and landscape. New Guinea experiences a great deal more rainfall than most of Australia, and contains a high number of volcanoes. All that, and since Indonesia, a large, Asian nation borders Papua New Guinea, which is smaller in comparison to Indonesia, I find it just to include New Guinea as an Asian island.
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level 77
Oct 16, 2014
It seems you don't know it that well. Don't get me wrong. This quiz is very nice, apart from that question. Your arguments won't change the fact: New Guinea is not in Asia. Jerry928 is absolutely right: Indonesia straddles two continents, and the highest point in Oceania is the Puncak Jaya... Then, about marsupials, I know that there are some elsewhere, but the other continents are dominated by placental mammals. The fauna of New Guinea is totally different from that of the rest of Indonesia, there are no placentals (apart from the intruders brought by the europeans), there are cassowarys, etc.
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level 64
Oct 16, 2014
Okay, so if you agree with Jerry about how Indonesia straddles two continents, why are you getting so worked up over me including an Indonesian island in a quiz about Asian islands? Just like burtville said previously, continental borders are ambiguous. I put New Guinea in this quiz because I consider it an Asian island. You could make your own quiz about Asian islands and not include New Guinea in there, and I'll have no problem with that.
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level 77
Oct 17, 2014
It seems you want to persist in your error. What more could I say?
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level 71
Jun 30, 2014
Or you could get a bit more direct and simply say that Indonesia, like Turkey and Russia, straddles two continents. For instance, on Highest Mountains quizzes, the highest peak in Oceania is given not as Aoraki/Mt Cook (New Zealand) but as Puncak Jaya in the Indonesian half of New Guinea island.
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level 80
Dec 21, 2016
Arp2600 is right. It's very plainly in Oceania. New guinea shares no cultural, ethnic, linguistic, geographical, or political similarities with Indonesia. It's only considered part of Indonesia by the loosest definition of sovereignty (the spread of population and the terrain makes it impossible for Indonesian law to be enforced outside of a few concentrated zones, where it is met with a significant resistance movement.). I don't think being occupied by a foreign, Asiatic power makes an island part of Asia. It's akin to claiming Guam is in North America, or New Caledonia is in Europe.
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level 80
Dec 21, 2016
Also the argument that New Guinea has nothing in common with the climate of Oceania is absurd. New Guinea is a part of Melanesia. Its climate and terrain are typical of this region. Oceania /= Australia. Oceania = Melanesia + Micronesia + Australasia + Polynesia. I really don't understand why this is even up for debate. It's cut and dry. New Guinea is not, by any definition, part of Asia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melanesia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oceania
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level 43
Mar 12, 2018
Or you could say that continents are man-made concepts that are never really applied consistently and therefore have no integral meaning or purpose other than for political and geographical wrangle. That would tend to solve most disputes on this subject.
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level 71
May 13, 2014
Taiwan is definitely bigger than Hainan.
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level 69
May 20, 2014
Yes, but Taiwan is considered an independent country, not Hainan
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level 45
Jul 8, 2014
Please allow Krakatau for Krakatoa
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level 72
Dec 18, 2014
Good quiz... got 100% with 1:31 left...
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level 17
Apr 23, 2015
Both Arp2600 and Jerry 928 are right. New guinea is in Oceania,not Asia. Please correct it, Kquilikquiit.
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level 65
Sep 19, 2015
MacArthur landed on Leyte in World War II, and the largest naval battle in history took place in Leyte Gulf.
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level 49
Feb 8, 2016
20/22
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level 9
Apr 22, 2016
Easy...
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level 71
May 3, 2016
Ko Samui (aka Koh Samui) would also fit your southern Thai resort island clue.
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level 60
Aug 5, 2016
Aahh, Koh Samui - awesome holiday place :-)
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level 69
Aug 22, 2016
Fairly easy. Only missed Jeju.
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level 80
Dec 21, 2016
Please remove New Guinea.
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level 48
Mar 28, 2018
i give one star because new guinea is not an asian island. it is part of the continent Australia...