How much do you know about the region of North Africa? Test your knowledge with these tidbits from CultureGrams:
1. This North African nation was the first to recognize a newly-independent United States of America in 1777.
2. The fictional home of Luke Skywalker is named after this real-life Tunisian city.
3. This country gets its name from the Bambara word for hippopotamus.
4. What modern nation was once known as Abyssinia?
5. What country has the highest recorded temperature (136°F in 1922)?
6. Which North African country was a French annexation until 1962?
7. Which body of water borders North Africa to the north?
8. Khartoum, capital of this country, means “elephant’s trunk” in Arabic.
9. Which country has a population of over 80 million packed densely along the Nile River Valley?
10. What religion is dominant throughout North Africa?
Did You Know?
Saffron crocuses (a kind of flower that grows in Morocco) supply saffron, the most expensive spice in the world.
Tunisia has had only two presidents—Habib Bourgiba, who ruled from 1956 until 1987, and Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who assumed power in 1987.
The ancient language of Meroë was spoken in Sudan thousands of years ago. It had a cursive written alphabet that archaeologists are still trying to understand.
Ancient Egyptians used papyrus, a plant that grows in the Nile, to make paper.
Africa’s second largest country, Algeria is about three and a half times the size of Texas.
Answers: 1) Morocco. 2) Tataouine. 3) Mali. 4) Ethiopia. 5) Libya. 6) Algeria. 7) Mediterranean Sea. 8) Sudan. 9) Egypt. 10) Islam.