Afghanistan Country Quiz

πŸ‡¦πŸ‡« Can you answer these questions about the country of Afghanistan?
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Last updated: August 12, 2020
First submittedJuly 13, 2019
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What is the capital of Afghanistan?
Kabul
What are the two official languages of Afghanistan?
Dari
Pashto
What is the second most populous city in Afghanistan?
Kandahar
What country shares the shortest border with Afghanistan?
China
What mountain range covers central Afghanistan?
Hindu Kush
What mountain pass between Afghanistan and Pakistan was an
integral part of the ancient Silk Road?
Khyber Pass
What is the name of the dominant ethnic group of Afghanistan?
Pashtuns
What bestselling book is about the friendship between Amir and Hassan?
The Kite Runner
Who is the author of that book?
Khaled Hosseini
Which country invaded Afghanistan in 1979?
Soviet Union
What terrorist group ruled over Afghanistan from 1996 until 2001?
Taliban
That group destroyed two statues that were located in the city of Bamyan in 2001.
What historical figure did they depict?
Buddha
Who was the president of Afghanistan from 2004 until 2014?
Hamid Karzai
What city in northwestern Afghanistan was historically known for its wine?
Herat
What is the nickname of Afghanistan?
Graveyard of Empires
What branch of Islam do most of the Hazara people belong to?
Shia
Afghanistan is responsible for 90% of world production of what plant?
Opium poppy
Which poet was born in 1207 in the city of Balkh and now, according to some,
is the best-selling poet of all time in the United States?
Rumi
What is the currency of Afghanistan?
Afghani
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Level 85
Feb 19, 2020
I don't understand how a 13th-century Afghani poet I've never even heard of is the best-selling poet of all time in the country I live in.
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Level 71
Feb 19, 2020
Yeah, right? Does anybody have an explanation for us uncultured swines?
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Level ∞
Feb 20, 2020
Poetry is incredibly unpopular so the competition is low.
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Level 83
Aug 7, 2020
Even so, when I think of famous poets, Rumi is definitely not one of the first ones that pop into my head. Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, just to name a few.
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Level 73
Aug 18, 2020
Poetry translates especially badly among literary forms, and poets are usually unknown outside of their language communities. It's surely not a coincidence that the first ones to come to your mind all wrote in English. (Wikipedia kind of defeates my point by claiming that translations of Rumi's works are very popular)
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Level 51
Mar 6, 2020
Rumi is generally considered to have been Persian, not Afghan. He natively spoke Persian, lived in an area that was part of the Persian cultural sphere, and predominantly wrote in Persian. But still an excellent question for this quiz.
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Level 65
Mar 6, 2020
Rumi was not ethnically Persian. He actually had Turkic heritage, but yes, his mother tongue was Persian. Since Afghanistan was part of Persian empires and was under Persian influence, then the Persian history and culture is also part of Afghanistan's history and culture.
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Level 83
Feb 19, 2020
You could accept "poppy", it's not like anybody is going to guess that and not think of opium. Besides, "opium" is not a plant! Also I knew Hossaini but blew the spelling somehow that wasn't accepted.
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Level 71
Feb 19, 2020
Yeah, the poppy question was annoying. I missed it because of that.
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Level ∞
Feb 20, 2020
Poppy will work now
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Level 65
Feb 19, 2020
You should mention the epic national sport of buzkashi.
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Level 67
Mar 3, 2020
Thank you - I learned something new today.
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Level 67
Mar 4, 2020
Too many I got wrong, so probably nothing will stick. Unlike when I miss around 20%
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Level 62
Mar 6, 2020
Assuming it's a good percentage of Americans taking this quiz (and by that I mean people from the USA, not the continents of North and South America), it's interesting how little is known about a country they've been at war with for 18 years.....
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Level 65
Mar 6, 2020
Why would going to war with Afghanistan inspire everyday citizens to learn about Herat and the Kite Runner?
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Level 61
Aug 7, 2020
The Kite Runner is a pretty popular book and is probably one of the main sources by which Americans learn about Afghanistan. And while many of the people who have taken this are American, it's definitely not indicative of what the majority of Americans know (as is true of all JetPunk quizzes). An average score of 11 indicates the people here are decently knowledgeable on Afghanistan, but I guarantee you if every American was forced to take this quiz, the average score would go down a lot.
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Level 78
Aug 7, 2020
I don't know how true it really is but as I've mentioned before, a lot of what I think I know came from watching the movie, Charlie Wilson's War - in addition to watching TV news. The movie stars Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, and Philip Seymour-Hoffman and is based on a true story. The fact that it's listed under genres of comedy, drama, and biography should explain all you need to know about the origins of the US policy there.
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Level 80
Mar 6, 2020
1000 Splendid Suns was better than The Kite Runner.
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Level 61
Jun 27, 2020
I personally think Kite Runner was better, but honestly all of the books he writes are amazing.
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Level 59
Jul 21, 2020
Says who?
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Level 80
Aug 7, 2020
says me. Thought that would be obvious.
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Level 60
Aug 7, 2020
I liked it better too. Made me cry like crazy though
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Level 80
Aug 7, 2020
I think it's the only book I've ever read since childhood that had that effect on me. Probably because it reminded me of so many of the women I knew in Saudi Arabia and their stories.
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Level 43
Mar 6, 2020
Carry on up the Khyber!!
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Level 58
Jul 22, 2020
ooh-er
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Level 66
Mar 6, 2020
Accept Khybar for Khyber?
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Level 45
Mar 7, 2020
Can you accept Pashtu for Pashto or is that wrong?
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Level 63
May 3, 2020
Great quiz! Might be worth accepting Pakhtun for Pashtun as well, as that's commonly used too and now considered more official
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Level 28
Aug 7, 2020
I obviously know very little about Afganistan, but it would appear that not many people do
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Level 60
Aug 7, 2020
Can you accept Pathan for Pashtun?