Panama Country Quiz

Can you answer these questions about the country of Panama?
Quiz by ElijahCaine
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Last updated: May 15, 2020
First submittedNovember 7, 2014
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What is the official language of Panama?
Spanish
Which two countries does Panama border?
Colombia
Costa Rica
What is Panama's national sport?
Baseball
What dictator was deposed by the United States in 1989?
Manuel Noriega
What Spanish explorer discovered the Pacific coast of the Americas, and is today
the namesake of Panama's currency?
Vasco Nunez
de Balboa
What Welsh pirate sacked Panama City in 1671, and is today the namesake
of a famous brand of rum?
Henry Morgan
What is the word for a narrow strip of land connecting two larger landmasses?
Isthmus
What did the United States build in Panama between 1904 and 1914?
Panama Canal
What country attempted, but failed, to build the same thing in the late 1800s?
France
What forested region has no roads - making it impossible to drive
between North and South America?
Darién Gap
What famous scandal, revealed in 2015, involved a Panamanian law firm that helped
thousands of wealth clients hide their money?
Panama Papers
What part of its government did Panama abolish in 1990?
Military
Name one of the four countries that has more skyscapers per capita than Panama.
Monaco |
United Arab Emirates |
Singapore | Qatar
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Level 33
Jun 19, 2016
Are you Panamanian? Cause I am
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Level 52
Nov 23, 2017
I read this and thought it was a pun and was wondering why I didn't get it, but then I realise that you're just someone from Panama
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Level 65
Nov 5, 2020
Hahaha. Same.
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Level 49
Feb 20, 2018
Saludos PTYOLO! Excuse the lateness of my response, I haven't visited this site in some time. I am not Panamanian, but I have lived in Panama for many years
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Level 68
Nov 4, 2020
Please refer to yourself as a Pana-man or Pana-woman.
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Level 81
May 16, 2020
gah.. was so close on the gap thing. Couldn't get the right combination of vowels.
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Level 78
May 16, 2020
Surely a couple more question could be added?
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Level 49
May 16, 2020
The original quiz had more questions, more directly related to Panamanian culture, but some of them would be very difficult to know unless the quiz taker had spent some time in Panama, so the quiz was edited before being selected as a featured quiz
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Level 73
May 16, 2020
I really enjoy the current trend of featuring much more country quizzes
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Level 69
May 27, 2020
Some users have been making a lot of them in the past few days, like Aaron197
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Level 79
May 16, 2020
wealthy clients
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Level 66
May 22, 2020
I think that 'dictator' question is missing an important part of the story. Maybe about the previous involvement of the US?
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Level 49
Dec 27, 2020
Perhaps . . . but Noriega was definitely a dictator, and a very unpopular one at that. And he was definitely deposed by US military forces. The fact that he was a graduate of the School of the Americas and a CIA asset before and after his rise to power doesn't really change that. There is a possibility that Noriega's predecessor's death in a plane crash was no accident, but this remains unproven. And if it was a bomb that downed Torrijos' plane, it still would be unclear if the CIA was behind the plot, instead of Noriega just killing his boss because of his own boundless ambition
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Level 67
May 23, 2020
I really sucked at this one.. and I can't spell isthmus .. I actually had it down a while ago, but guess I forgot again (only known this word since a year max, from this site, and never having heard anyone say it doesn't help. I guess in english speaking countries you would have learned the word at a young age during basic geography lessons)
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Level 54
Jul 23, 2020
So......I'm taking this quiz (thank you, Elijah), and then reading Djila's comment about there perhaps being more questions that could be asked about this country; and thought "Yeah, for sure! Lots of interesting history there!"

So, I have created a quiz and submitted it as "Panama-20 questions."

Please check it out. It should be fun for anyone who has lived,worked and/or traveled there; interesting for those who would like to know more about it; and impossible for anyone who only knows that it's down there between Costa Rica and Colombia and has a canal running through it.

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Level 75
Nov 4, 2020
For the lazy ones: Link to marjobro's quiz
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Level 71
Aug 4, 2020
There's a typo in the scandal question: 'wealth' instead of wealthy.
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Level 84
Nov 4, 2020
Well, I got 100%, but listening to that Van Halen song didn't help at all.
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Level 71
Nov 4, 2020
Militaries, like police, schools, etc., are part of the state, not part of the government - even when the military runs a government.
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Level 56
Nov 4, 2020
this must be the first country quiz not to ask for the capital city. i’d suggest adding it as a question even if it is obvious, partly for consistency, and partly because it’s still a good fact to know about a country. other quizzes have the country name as an answer anyway.
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Level 54
Nov 4, 2020
A man, a plan, a canal, Panama
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Level 65
Nov 5, 2020
amanaP lanac a nalp a nam A
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Level 65
Nov 5, 2020
My favorite geography factoid: Panama is the only country in the world where you can stand in one place with Pacific to the east and the Atlantic to the west.
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Level 56
Nov 5, 2020
Even though the military is controlled by the government, I think it's a bit odd to say that the military is a part of the government that was abolished. The question makes it sound like it was one of the three branches of government (executive, legislative, judicial branches) that was abolished. I think the question should be rephrased.
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Level 44
Nov 6, 2020
It is incorrect to say Henry Morgan was a pirate. He was a privateer. The difference is that a privateer is a person (with a ship) who has a licence from his government to take military action against ships and sometimes land belonging to or aiding his country's enemies. A pirate does not have such a licence, and usually attacks other ships indiscriminately. Morgan had a privateer licence (letter of marque) from the English government issued when England and Spain were at war, in response to Spanish attacks on English shipping. While his attack in 1671 was after a peace had been signed, being at sea, he was unaware of that. In any case, the term "pirate" is wrong.
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Level 56
Dec 26, 2020
One man's privateer is another man's pirate. I see your point, but it would be weird if the quiz were to distinguish between the two.
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Level 49
Dec 27, 2020
I disagree. The hair splitting distinction between "privateer" and "pirate" at the time was only appreciated by the English, and I wouldn't be surprised if the word only exists in English. (It doesn't exist in Spanish) The fact that Henry Morgan had a license to commit piracy - sacking coastal cities and attacking commercial shipping for personal gain - doesn't make him any less a pirate. It simply meant that the English would tolerate it and give him safe harbor. I certainly don't think any Panamanian would acknowledge a distinction between the two words
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Level 29
Feb 13, 2021
I got Noriega cause of call of duty XD