D.R. Congo Country Quiz

🇨🇩 Can you answer these questions about the Democratic Republic of the Congo?
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Last updated: August 12, 2020
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What is the capital of the D. R. Congo?
Kinshasa
What other national capital is located just 8 km north of the above?
Brazzaville
Put on your thinking cap ... On what river would you find these two cities?
Congo River
What is the official language of the DRC?
French
What was the former name of the DRC, from 1971 to 1997?
Zaire
Who was dictator of the country during that period?
Mobutu Sese Seko
Which European country colonized the DRC?
Belgium
What European king owned the DRC as a personal possession, badly mistreating it?
Leopold II
What is the tallest mountain in the country - named for a British explorer?
Mount Stanley
What is the largest country that borders the DRC? (hint: starts with A)
Angola
What generic term refers to the extremely short and heavily persecuted
tribal groups in and around the DRC?
Pygmy
What is the only country that lies on the equator and is bigger than the DRC?
Brazil
What is the only African country that is bigger than the DRC?
Algeria
What African "lingua franca" is spoken by many people in the eastern part of the country?
Swahili
What scary haemorrhagic fever is named for a river in the DRC?
Ebola
What lake, the second largest by volume in the world, lies between
the DRC and Tanzania?
Lake Tanganyika
What giraffe relative with stripes like a zebra is the national animal of the DRC?
(hint: starts with O)
Okapi
What chimpanzee relative can only be found in the DRC?
Bonobo
Which two metals, starting with C, are the two most important exports of the DRC?
Cobalt
Copper
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Level 71
May 15, 2020
Wow, I guessed it correctly, but I'm pretty surprised to hear that Mount Stanley hasn't been renamed. He was a total piece of crap even by the standards of 19th century colonialists.
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Level 67
Jul 9, 2020
It's named that in English because he was the first European to reach it (but it might be known by another name in native languages). I don't know much about Henry Morton Stanley at all, but he was a newspaper correspondent when he was sent to Africa to locate the missionary and explorer David Livingstone, who by the way still has several African cities named after him, as he is still revered and respected by modern Africans.
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Level 60
Jul 17, 2020
I think it is also called Mount Ngaliema.
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Level 63
May 15, 2020
Damn, how did I forget that French is the official language...
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Level 80
Jul 17, 2020
For any African country you probably want to guess at least English and French.
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Level 80
Jul 17, 2020
and Arabic
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Level 34
May 15, 2020
I was surprised not to see any questions about the "Rumble in the Jungle fight" between Ali and Foreman
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Level 80
May 16, 2020
Boxing can be totally forgotten...
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Level 79
May 15, 2020
Nothing about Patrice Lumumba? He's the guy in the thumbnail...
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Level 80
May 15, 2020
Yes, that surprised me too. On the other hand, people won't complain that the thumbnail gives away a question...
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Level 43
May 28, 2020
i like you thinking
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Level ∞
Jul 6, 2020
As if people would recognize Patrice Lumumba if he were walking down the street...
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Level 83
Jul 17, 2020
They probably would have in 1960. In 2020, not so much.
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Level 61
Jul 11, 2020
Would love a clue about him to educate the trivia masses
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Level 58
Jul 3, 2020
3% of people didn't put their thinking caps on
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Level 80
Jul 17, 2020
Aren't pygmies an informal name used to refer to any tribe of population of relatively diminutive people?
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Level 43
Jul 17, 2020
the pygamies are an actual indengenious group deep in the forests in the DRC and the central african republic. Genetically shorter than the average human being super intresting to learn about them actually
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Level 80
Jul 17, 2020
okay thanks. will take your word for it. Though I've heard of many other things referred to as "pygmy" not from the Congo. Maybe the word originates there?
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Level 78
Jul 18, 2020
I have a treasured book from my childhood, Thirty One Brothers and Sisters by Reba Paeff Mirsky, copyright 1952, about a South African Zulu girl named Nomusa who goes on an elephant hunt, and they encounter a group of small people. Her father tells her they are Pygmies, "who live in the forest here...Only once before have I ever met any, and that was when we had gone on a hunt ten sleeps away. These Pygmies have wandered a long distance from their home, far to the north."
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Level 80
Jul 20, 2020
^ right. And seems unlikely that this is the same tribe of people as you would find in Congo. I've also heard the term applied before to people in Indonesia, New Guinea, and other countries in Africa. Not to mention other species like hippos, goats, and even date palms.
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Level 56
Jul 17, 2020
brazzaville is not even 2km away
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Level 65
Jul 17, 2020
It's probably city-centre to city-centre distance.
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Level 67
Jul 17, 2020
Just a typo: "What was the former name of the DRC, from 1971 and 1997?" Should be "to"?
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Level 65
Jul 17, 2020
That isn't the second largest lake in the world is it? 2nd Largest in Africa... 3 of the Great Lakes in north america are larger.
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Level 74
Jul 17, 2020
You're confusing volume with surface area. Lake Tanganyika contains more water than even Lake Superior. Only Lake Baikal is larger.
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Level 58
Jul 20, 2020
lake superior is far superior tho
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Level 78
Jul 18, 2020
I typed bobono three times thinking I must have misspelled it. Turns out I did.
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Level 48
Jul 20, 2020
Interesting quiz. Thanks. Question about largest border does NOT need hint. Its known by 95% of takers.