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Thursday, March 2, 2017

El Salvador Quiz

Map of El Salvador from National Geographic MapMaker Interactive
Post #4 — Country Quizzes Week

During the week of Monday, February 27th to Sunday, March 5th, GeoFact of the Day is hosting a Country Quiz Week. Every day or every other day, there will be a new quiz on a particular country around the world. Want to see a post about a favorite country? Feel free to share your suggestion by posting a comment! See if you can answer these questions pertaining to EL SALVADOR without the help of literary resources and the Internet. Answers are provided at the end — Good Luck!

1)      Featuring two oud*-shaped tail feathers, Turquoise-browed motmot birds can brag that they are the national bird of El Salvador and which other Central American country?

* The oud is an instrument commonly played in North Africa, Eurasia (Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Turkey), and the Middle East

2)      Off the Gulf of Fonseca coast in southeastern El Salvador, Conchagua and its surrounding forests are separated from the water by a 100-feet-wide (30.48 meters) strip of sandy beaches. What color is the area's sand?
A — black
B — tan
C — white

3)      Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993 and nicknamed the "Pompeii of the Americas," Joya de Cerén was a farming community buried under volcanic ash from the San Salvador Volcano's Loma caldera, similar to how Herculaneum and Pompeii in ITALY were buried by ash from Mount Vesuvius. Since the 1970s, archaeologists found all of the following items except __________.
A — pottery
B — carbonized remains of and "fossils" of fruit trees
C — garden tools
D — sauna building
E — none of the above; all of these things were found

4)      Almost 200 years ago on September 15th, 1821, El Salvador declared independence from what country?

5)      La Gruta del Espíritu Santo — or the Holy Spirit Grotto in English — features centuries-old petroglyphs of human and animal figures painted black, green, ochre, red, white, yellow, and other colors. This cave is located closest to what town or city?
A — Corinto
B — Sensuntepeque
C — San Miguel
D — Acajutla

Question 1:
B . . . . . Nicaragua

Question 2:
A . . . . . black, because it contains volcanic ash from Conchagua — a stratovolcano

Question 3:
E . . . . . none of the above; all of these things were found

Question 4:
C . . . . . Spain

Question 5:
A . . . . . Corinto

So, how did you do? Thanks for taking this quiz! Map image is credited to National Geographic's Mapmaker Interactive (↗)

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