Ethiopia Country Quiz

🇪🇹 Can you answer these questions about the country of Ethiopia?
Quiz by alberici
Last updated: November 7, 2019
First submittedJuly 20, 2019
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What is the capital of Ethiopia?
Addis Ababa
What major international organization is located in that city?
African Union
In what geographical region is Ethiopia located?
Horn of Africa
What major river flows through the country?
Blue Nile
What country broke away from Ethiopia in 1993?
What is the largest country that Ethiopia borders?
What is the smallest country it borders?
What is Ethiopia's official language?
What crop has its origins in Ethiopia and today is one of the country's largest exports?
In 1974, the skeleton of an early hominid species from 3.2 million years ago was
discovered in Ethiopia. What female name was this skeleton given?
What country invaded Ethiopia in 1936?
Who was emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 until 1975?
Haile Selassie
What religion worships that emperor as its Messiah?
By what name was Ethiopia formerly known?
What city in Ethiopia was the center of an empire that last from 100 AD - 940 AD?
What branch of Christianity is practiced by a plurality of Ethiopians?
Ethiopian Orthodox
What is the currency of Ethiopia?
What ancient religious artifact does a church in Ethiopia claim to possess?
Ark of the Covenant
What Olympic event did Abebe Bikila win in 1960 and 1964 while not wearing shoes?
What series of concerts were held in the U.S. and the U.K. to raise
money to relieve the 1983-1985 Ethiopian famine?
Live Aid
Level ∞
Nov 6, 2019
FYI, I changed the official type-in for Addis Ababa to accept simply "Addis", which is common shorthand for the city when people talk about it.
Level ∞
Nov 6, 2019
The Live Aid concerts were a travesty. Ethiopia's famine wasn't primary the result of drought. It was mostly caused by the terrible communist dictatorship that ruled the country at the time. Unfortunately, much of the money generated from the concerts went to that dictatorship, who used it to purchase weapons.
Level 77
Nov 6, 2019
And it unleashed Bob Geldof onto an unsuspecting world...
Level ∞
Dec 31, 2019
Whose efforts to fund a corrupt dictatorship have earned him the 76th spot on a poll of 100 Greatest British People of All-Time, one spot above Robbie Williams, and two spots above Edward Jenner who created the vaccine for smallpox.
Level 70
Nov 6, 2019
I've been reading a decent bit about famines lately, and from what I've read, it seems as though literally no famines of the 20th century (and arguably, no famines that have ever occurred in the modern world) were primarily a result of bad weather. They're practically always a result of bad government policy and an unequal distribution of food, whether you're talking about Ethiopia, the Irish potato famine, Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge, India under the British, Ukraine under the USSR, or China under Mao. They all could have been resolved fairly easily if their respective governments wanted to end them.
Level ∞
Dec 31, 2019
Agree generally, but I'd modify it to post-WWII only. From my limited knowledge of the subject, I would argue that the Chinese famine of 1931 was mostly related to weather.
Level 74
Nov 6, 2019
Let's not take our eye off the ball here. Governments certainly exacerbate the problem, and here the Ethiopian government apparently used famine as a weapon of war against its opponents. But Ethiopia has experienced periodic famines as the result of drought down the centuries, well before communism was a even gleam in Lenin's eye. Many famines will come in our lifetimes as the result of climate change (in turn, admittedly, caused by man's eagerness to keep pumping CO2 into the atmosphere). Australia already has a serious drought; no-one is suggesting their government can do anything about that (unless there is a worldwide initiative to, and countries are far too selfish to do that).
Level ∞
Nov 7, 2019
The percentage of world GDP spent on food is at the lowest level ever recorded. So far in the 21st century the rate of famine has been the lowest ever. I see no reason why this will change. If there are major famines, they will be because a government is preventing food resources from reaching its citizens. Global warming is still a huge problem, of course, but food production continues to rise faster than the population and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
Level 65
Nov 7, 2019
Ark of the Covenant, pfff. Everyone knows that it's the Holy Handgrenade of Antioch!
Level 81
Nov 7, 2019
First shalt thou take out the Holy Pin. Then, shalt thou count to three. No more. No less.
Level 79
Nov 7, 2019
It's supposedly at a church in Axum, but you're not allowed to look at it.
Level 86
Dec 11, 2019
Well yeah, you saw what happened to the nazis who looked at it...
Level 79
Nov 7, 2019
Easy. :) My trip there in 2010 helped. Lovely country. Lovely people. haha... I got the last answer by typing in "Band Aid".. I was close but curious why this is accepted.
Level 78
Nov 8, 2019
It took me about 12 attempts to find a spelling that would be accepted for Abyssinia.
Level 76
Nov 9, 2019
Agreed! Please have more type-ins for Abyssinia - I knew it but ran out of time for spelling experimentation :P
Level 72
Dec 31, 2019
Here's a somewhat more wholesome charity story. Karlheinz Böhm, the actor some may know from Peeping Tom, appeared in a game show in 1981. He bet that not even a third of the watchers would spend a mark on charity. He won that bet, but with the raised money, went to Ethiopia to found a project called Menschen für Menschen (MfM = "Humans for Humans"). The goal was to help people help themselves in the long run. Its role under the dictatorship is ambivalent; MfM saved up to 100 000 lives following the drought, but they were apolitical and did the government's dirty job. MfM's impact is limited to a local level but has been certified to be highly transparent and effective through the years. Böhm was the first foreigner to be granted honorary citizenship, in 2003. He died in 2014.