Can You Identify All These Countries From a Partial Outline?

Tasha Moore

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About This Quiz

Which countries can you identify from just looking at its geographical outline? Could you still ID the same territories if we only reveal partial outlines? Here's your chance to see just how many countries you can recognize, with this challenging map drill. 

If visuals are your thing, our test is sure to manifest the geography bent you've been cultivating thus far. Country facts, alone, may not filter your positive IDs, but they'll help. So we've gathered some interesting country data to help you eliminate obvious duds. For example, if you know countries by continents, then look out for plentiful continental clues we provide. This strategy also applies to distinct regions of the world as well as global phenomena. If you see helpful descriptors like "colonial" think of distinct global spaces where that kind of label would apply, and then take it from there. 

Make history your best friend with this test. A bunch of territories in one area of the planet gained independence during the 1800s, while another collection of countries rose to sovereign status in the 1900s. See how this hard visual quiz can get really easy when you consider all the history hints at your disposal.

Ditch any distress for hard-to-decipher geo-forms. Flex your mental muscle and score big!

Do you recognize this country from a world map?

China introduced its one-child policy in 1980 when its leadership perceived that population growth was a threat to the nation's security. Chinese missile scientist Song Jian is credited for developing the decades-old policy. In 2013, China's government eased the restriction.

This country was forged with peaceful ambitions. Can you name this region from a partial outline?

India has a history of peaceful ambitions, though China's attack on its army positions in Ladakh and NEFA in October 1962 thwarted primarily idealistic aspirations of the sovereign nation. The first prime minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, was known to lend conscience to international politics.

What sovereign nation lies due north of the United States?

Harmonious relations between Canada and the U.S. have been tested. Canada was able to redirect defense funds to the domestic welfare of its citizens once the U.S. increased in military might after World War II. Yet, the U.S had expected greater alliance with Canada during the Iraq and Vietnam Wars.

Is it a challenge for you to choose the name of this South American country?

In 1969, student activist leader Jose Dirceu fled Brazil for exile in Cuba where he underwent plastic surgery. Then in 1975, he returned to Brazil under the false identity of assumed Jewish businessman Carlos Henrique Gouvela de Melo, whose wife didn't know of his true identity for four years.

"In God We Trust" is this nation's motto. Do you know what country it is?

The United States is one of the developed world's youngest countries, and the third most populous country in the world, although the countries that outrank the US have over a billion more people! The United States ranks toward the top of a few rankings, though: wealth and trash.

How easy is it for you to identify this country, which gained independence in 1949?

Since it gained independence in 1949, Indonesia has experienced a tumultuous history. Nonetheless, the country has survived the pitfalls that occur in the creation of a nation of several hundred ethnic groups, a feat that many believed would fail.

What part of the world is an archaeologist's "gold mine"?

Archaeologists have unearthed massive quantities of Paleolithic tools made of stone in Northern Pakistan. A 30,000-year old unrefined shelter structure was also discovered in the region. It is believed that the shelter is from the final glacial epoch from the ice age.

The British once ruled this region called ________?

Nigeria struggled for independence from British colonial rule, which lasted in the unified state from 1914 to 1960. Nigerian youth began to lead the fight for the nation's emancipation after Britain, with its allies, declared victory at the end of World War II.

A social movement erupted here in the 1990s. Can you guess the country?

In the '90s, Bangladeshis began a movement to bring war criminals responsible for killing Bengali citizens and thought leaders during the country's War of National Liberation to justice. Many in the nation have called for a formal apology for crimes against humanity from Pakistan, its former ruler.

It's a large Eastern European superpower. Try to quickly choose the name from these choices?

Since the fall of the Soviet Union, Russian scholars have hastened to contextualize the deluge of information that has surfaced concerning tsars and Soviet history. Russian leader Vladimir Putin has undertaken elaborate campaigns to codify the nation's history, particularly concerning World War II.

Influential artists were born here. Can you name the South American country?

Artist Frida Kahlo is one of Mexico's internationally renowned icons. Kahlo (1907-1954) married mural artist Diego Rivera, whom she features in many of her most famous portraits, along with some of her famous friends.

Do you know this Asian nation that developed in the 1800s?

The nation of Japan emerged from being a secluded feudal state to a modern society during the 1800s. The Meiji Restoration of 1868 set this transformation in motion when nation-minded reformers seized power from the Tokugawa shogunate.

People of this nation celebrate their independence every June. Can you select the correct name?

Philippine Independence Day is celebrated on June 12 each year. In 1962, historians Milagros Guerreo and Teodoro A. Agoncillo convinced President Diosdado Macapagal of the Philippines to change the date of the nation's independence from July 4 to the accurate June 12 date.

Amazing rock sculptures exist here. Do you know where?

The African nation of Ethiopia is roughly three times the size of California. Positioned at 8,000 feet in the country's Lasta Mountains are 11 churches that were carved from solid rock in the 12th century.

See if you can identify the populous Arab nation?

Egypt is the most populated nation in the Arab world. During turbulent moments of the "Arab Spring," mass protesters unseated the military regime of Hosni Mubarak at Cairo's Tahrir Square in 2011.

A major war carries its name. Do you know this place?

Lieutenant General Nguyen Phuc Thanh helped to lead the successful Ho Chi Minh campaign that toppled South Vietnam. His unit was the first to seize Independence Palace where Duong Van Minh was captured, and they ultimately declared victory by raising the Liberation Flag over the building in 1975.

It is a former colony of Belgium. How easy is it for you to choose the territory?

Sovereign Democratic Republic of Congo emerged in 1960. It is the most populous Francophone country in the world and the largest country, by area, in Sub-Saharan Africa. Nineteen-sixty has been dubbed the "Year of Africa" since 17 nations on the continent gained independence during that year.

Where was the Weimar Republic?

The final fragile years of Germany's Weimar Republic arguably set the stage for the dogmatic, intrepid leadership style of Adolph Hitler. Historians have characterized the bureaucracy-laden Weimar Republic as "functional" and "impersonal."

The Bible mentions this place and its people. Can you choose the right country?

Christianity is not foreign to Muslim-ruled Iran. The Armenians and the Assyrians are two ethnic groups of this type that have thrived in the country in varying degrees since biblical times. There are eleven books in the Old Testament that mention the region or people of Iran.

A cosmopolitan city is located here. Can you guess the nation?

In 1923, the Turkish Republic was established and Turkey was designated as a Muslim state and culturally Turkish. Nonetheless, Istanbul remains a city rife with mostly European culture and ethnic diversity.

Where is Sorbonne University?

University of Paris was founded during the 11th century on the Ile de la Cite. In the 13th century, clerics left the school to form another in the area now known as the Latin Quarter. This is where theologian Robert de Sorbon established a hostel for indigents what would later become a university.

You'll see giant statues of kings in this country. Can you identify it from a partial outline?

In August 2015, the ruling government of Thailand attempted to evoke nationalistic pride among its citizens. In Rajabhakti Park, General Prayuth Chan-ocha erected massive statues of Siam's former kings from the Ayutthaya, Thonburi, Rattanakosin and Sukhothai dynasties.

A cheese industry was born in this European country. Try to guess which one it is?

The English were of the first in the world to refine commercial cheese-making and marketing techniques in the 17th century. Then in the 19th century, the country's "cheese masters" developed a standardized system for producing the food that was adopted industry-wide.

North and South are cultural opposites in in this territory. Can you name it?

The small provincial towns of Southern Italy have maintained a rustic appeal compared to modern northern cities like Rome and Milan. In many ways, the south has been isolated geographically, politically and ideologically from the rest of Europe.

Try to choose the correct country shown here?

Founded in 1977, the History Workshop rooted at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa is comprised of social scientists and humanities scholars. The group's primary missions are to analyze accurately and popularize South African history.

Do you know where the Maji Maji Rebellion occurred?

The Maji Maji Rebellion of Tanzania lasted between 1905 and 1907. The rebellion was the first of its kind in Africa, where various ethnic groups joined forces to resist colonial rule. The uprising was an acute response to forced labor policies of colonial Germany in the region.

This country does biodiversity best. What is this place?

Situated between China and India, Myanmar is one of the most biodiverse regions of the world. Northern Myanmar has a particularly diverse climate and habitat that includes both low-level wetlands and highly-elevated Himalayan Mountains.

Japan once ruled this region. Do you know the country from its partial outline?

In 2015, South Korea's government decreed that all middle and high school students be taught history from government-issued, rather than private, textbooks. The order resulted from controversy in the country concerning the characterization of Japan's colonial rule during the early 20th century.

A major railway was built in this place. Try to quickly pick the country?

Nairobi, Kenya was established during June 1899 when the British constructed the Uganda railway that commenced at Mombasa in May of 1896. For the sake of convenience, British railway officials decided to erect headquarters in Nairobi. Before 1920, Kenya was called East Africa Protectorate.

Are you able to make out this nation?

Inspired by philosopher Franciso de Vitoria, the School of Salamanca denotes a collective of natural law theorists and theologians that taught at Spain's University of Salamanca from the 13th to the 17th centuries. The group developed philosophies concerning international law and economics.

Can you give your best guess of this Latin American territory?

The third largest Latin American nation, Colombia is unique among its regional counterparts. In the 20th century, while countries like Cuba and Nicaragua experienced revolution, and military intrusion plagued Argentina and Chile, Colombia avoided fixed interventions and political upheavals.

Do you know this sovereign state which gained independence in 1816?

In 1816, Argentina won independence, which was a catalyst for other independence movements throughout South America. Yet, in spite of political instability Argentina reaped tremendous financial gains from 1810 and 1870, mainly from diverse export commodities.

It was a French colony for more than 100 years. Where did this happen?

Algeria is a sovereign Arab nation and former French colony. For 132 years, the French controlled all aspects of Algerian society, until Algerian Berbers resisted the regime during its war of independence that lasted for almost eight years, claiming the lives of over one million people.

Can you pick the correct Eastern European state among these options?

When the Communist Bloc dissolved in the '90s, entire academic departments surfaced at many universities for the purpose of accurately contextualizing several major aspects of Ukranian history. The Ukranian Revolution, the Insurgent Army and the Famine of 1932-1933 were more thoroughly investigated.

The Nile River flows through ________?

Sudan is a North African country that includes the Nile River. The city of Khartoum has experienced severe flooding issues from rain waters and the Nile since the start of the 19th century. Poor housing construction in the region has been identified as one possible cause of the flooding.

Do you know which East African country this is?

In 2012, Uganda's Nakasero Market, an economic necessity for native vendors of the region, was the site of violent clashes that many suspect was provoked by outside private interests. Established in 1927, the market is the oldest in Kampala, Uganda and employs more than 10,000 Ugandans.

Do you recognize this country from its partial outline?

After World War I, European powers sculpted geopolitical boundaries of Iraq, an act that some historians theorize was prompted by a desire for the region's oil. The move disrupted the balance of power among the region's inhabitants, and instability continues to endure in the country.

Many political "firsts" happened here. Do you know the country's name?

Poland was the first country in Europe to establish a written constitution, some 250 years before the British devised its canon of laws. The Eastern European country had developed a parliamentary system that selected its kings, while absolute monarchy rule prevailed across the rest of the continent.

Do you choose the country where a top-secret meeting took place?

In 1943, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt met with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill for a secret meeting in Morocco, which had been a French protectorate since 1912. The two world leaders met at the luxurious Anfa Hotel in Casablanca to discuss war efforts.

It's a popular travel destination. Where is it?

Saudi Arabia is the birthplace of Wahhabism, an Islamic fundamentalist movement that the country adhered to between 1744 and 1811. The Middle Eastern country now welcomes those it once considered infidels, as it has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.

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