Madagascar Country Quiz

🇲🇬 Can you guess these facts about the country of Madagascar?
We give you the first letter of some of the answers
Quiz by Aaron197
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Last updated: August 12, 2020
First submittedJuly 26, 2019
Times taken6,744
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Capital city
Antananarivo
Official languages
French
Malagasy
Islands which are larger than Madagascar
Greenland
New Guinea
Borneo
Closest mainland African country
Mozambique
Island nation between Madagascar and the above
Comoros
Surprisingly, the original settlers of Madagascar didn't come from Africa, but instead
sailed from this Southeast Asian country
Indonesia
Gigantic bird that weighed five times as much as an ostrich
(driven to extinction by 1200 AD)
E
Elephant Bird
The name "Madagascar" was possibly invented by this 13th century Italian
explorer, who confused the island with the city of Mogadishu
Marco Polo
Famous trees with thick trunks
B
Baobabs
Family of primates found only on Madagascar
L
Lemurs
90% of Madagascar's plant and animal species are _____ , meaning that they
can be found nowhere else
E
Endemic
Madagascar's top export - a key ingredient in some ice cream
Vanilla
Madagascar is responsible for 50% of the world production of these blue stones
Sapphires
National sport of Madagascar
Rugby Union
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Level 67
May 19, 2020
The question makes it sound like the name Madagascar is derived from the name Marco Polo instead of Mogadishu. Might I suggested changing the words "comes from" to something like "been named by"

(like you can say elephant comes from olifant. Or a better example "Mauritius" comes from Maurice/Maurits (of Nassau). Or "Kiribati" comes from (Thomas) Gilbert.

I find it a far-fetched etymology story and wonder how much truth there is in it, but that is besides the point :) (because it is not something the makers of this quiz made up)

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Level 70
May 19, 2020
Yep I second this, I thought it meant Madagascar was named after the explorer.
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Level ∞
May 19, 2020
The question has been reworded slightly.
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Level 82
May 19, 2020
Ariary should be in here somewhere.
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Level 34
May 20, 2020
I think there are too many questions not pertaining to Madagascar at all or concerning the surroundings rather than the country itself (islands bigger than Madagascar, Mozambique, Comoros...). There again, giving away the first letter for some words (baobab, lemur) takes away the whole challenge...!
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Level 67
Aug 21, 2020
Yeah, many of the country quizzes suffer from this.
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Level 65
Aug 21, 2020
I think the issue is that with countries like Madagascar, there's not a whole lot of common knowledge about them. Asking for Madagascar's president will yield like a 2% response rate. It's tough to find a sufficient number of gettable (to use a technical term) questions, so they probably need to add some geographic ones just to make the quiz a little more fun.
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Level 70
May 20, 2020
The gemstone question says that they are blue (which lots are, fantastic quality too) but they can be absolutely any colour. I've got lots of them stashed in a box, white, green, yellow, pink, purple...all from Madagascar. https://www.ajsgem.com/articles/madagascar-sapphire.html
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Level 74
May 24, 2020
Spelling in 4th-to-last clue: nowhere
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Level ∞
May 24, 2020
Okay
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Level 65
May 24, 2020
Complete lucky guess for the national sport lol
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Level 69
Aug 21, 2020
I was there last summer when they reached the quarterfinals of the African Nations Cup. The party they had after losing 3-0 to Tunisia was truly incredible. I never heard anybody talk about rugby, but there was a match on television one night, so I guess that explains that.
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Level 57
Jul 15, 2020
What about mainland australia
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Level 36
Jul 21, 2020
I was thinking the same thing. I guess the quiz would classify it here as a "continent" instead of an islands. I don't know why, I feel like Australia should be on there too.
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Level 67
Aug 21, 2020
Because Australia sits on its own continental shelf, and it's almost as big as Europe.
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Level 49
Aug 23, 2020
What about Afro-Eurasia?
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Level 46
Jul 21, 2020
you mean to tell me mainland australia is smaller than madagascar?
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Level 65
Aug 21, 2020
You can have your own interpretations, but Jetpunk counts Australia to be a continent, not an island. That should be consistent across all quizzes on this site.
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Level 70
Aug 29, 2020
good to know! I must've typed "Australia" 14 times!
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Level 59
Jul 24, 2020
Is there no way you could shoehorn a USA reference in there somehow? Unacceptable.
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Level 83
Aug 21, 2020
You're upset that there isn't one?
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Level 65
Aug 21, 2020
Pretty sure he's being sarcastic.
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Level 47
Aug 21, 2020
I'm not ashamed to say that I knew more about Madagascar then I did about countries like Germany, France and South Korea.
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Level 80
Aug 21, 2020
My worst showing on these country quizzes so far.
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Level 74
Aug 21, 2020
Weird. I thought this was patronizingly easy (except for the sport). Uzbekistan was my toughest of the 51 so far.
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Level 75
Aug 26, 2020
Same here. Hardest one yet for me, Madagascar.
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Level 60
Aug 21, 2020
I tried polo for the national sport and accidentally got Marco Polo.
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Level 78
Aug 21, 2020
Freebies are great. Wish I'd thought of that.
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Level 74
Aug 24, 2020
Nice quiz! Though I don't think you really need to give the first letter in some of those clues (except maybe the elephant one). The other three are pretty much common knowledge.
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Level 75
Aug 26, 2020
For me, the hardest quiz yet in this series. Didn't get enough points on the first take.
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Level 47
Sep 16, 2020
Can you accept rugby for rugby union? Or are they completely different?