How Much Do You Know About Latin America?

By: Annette

How Much Do You Know About Latin America?
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About This Quiz

Latin America is a patchwork of different cultures, beliefs, languages and backgrounds. Some of the facts about Latin America will be clear, while others will astound you. Let's separate the ignorant from the know-it-alls.
What is the smallest country in Central America?
Chile
El Salvador
El Salvador is the smallest country in Central America. It has a population of just over 6 million.
Honduras

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Rio de Janeiro is home to the world's largest ______.
Building
Theme park
Street festival
Rio de Janiero, Brazil, is home to one of the world's largest street festivals. It's Carnival, of course! Well worth the trip.

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What percentage of the world's oxygen is created in the Amazon Rainforest?
5%
10%
20%
Did you know that 20% of the world's oxygen is created in the Amazon Rainforest? The Amazon Rainforest, or jungle, is located in nine different countries.

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What does Costa Rica mean?
Soft Coast
Rich Coast
Costa Rica means "rich coast." It got its beautiful name thanks to the 800 miles of coastline between the Caribbean and Pacific coasts.
Happy Coast

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Colombia produces 90% of the world's _______.
Copper
Uranium
Emeralds
Colombia produces 90% of the world's emeralds. Does that make Bogota the Emerald City? No.

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How many people are in Latin America?
6 million
100 million
600 million
Latin America is made up of close to 600 million people. Latin America stretches from the Southern border of the U.S. to the Southern tip of South America.

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True or False: Latin America includes the Caribbean.
True
It's true that Latin America includes the Caribbean. That's where all the pirates used to be! LOL!
False

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Which of these languages is spoken in Latin America?
Spanish
Portuguese
French
All of the above
Latin America is so named because its inhabitants speak the Romance languages. These include Spanish, Portuguese and French.

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In what country will you find Angel Falls?
Peru
Guatemala
Venezuela
Angel Falls is located in southeastern Venezuela. It's one of the largest waterfalls in the world.

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What percentage of the Earth's land surface does Latin America cover?
13%
Latin America covers 13% of the Earth's land surface. This extensive area is known for its rich culture and history.
20%
33%

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Latin America is characterized by its _______.
Urbanization
Latin America is actually one of the most urbanized regions in the world. 80% of the people reside in cities.
Ruralization
Feudalism

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Which of these breakfast staples is exported from Brazil?
Coffee
Sugar
Orange Juice
All of the above
Brazil is one of the world's largest exporters of coffee, sugar and orange juice. Thanks to Brazil, we get breakfast.

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What was the first country in Latin America to legalize gay marriage?
Argentina
Argentina was the first country in Latin America to legalize gay marriage. This was back in 2010.
Brazil
Ecuador

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How many indigenous tribes are still in the Brazilian Amazon?
15
40
More than 70
There are still more than 70 indigenous tribes in the Brazilian Amazon. That's more uncontacted tribes than anywhere else in the world.

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True or False: Mexico is sinking.
True
It is true that Mexico is really sinking. It sinks by about 10 inches each and every year.
False

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Which dance comes from Latin America?
Mambo
Salsa
Cha-Cha
All of the above
These are all dances that originated in Latin America. The list also includes the Rumba and the Tango.

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Compared to its size, Latin America has the ______ coastline.
Longest
Shortest
Compared to its size, Latin America has the shortest coastline of any continent. Asia is the continent with the longest coastline.
More diverse

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What is the official name of Mexico?
The Republic of Mexico
The United Mexican States
The official name of Mexico is actually the United Mexican States. Did they steal that from the U.S.? No, it's a free country.
The Mexican Empire

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Where is the oldest university in North America?
USA
Mexico
The oldest university in North America is actually located in Mexico. It's called the National University of Mexico.
Brazil

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How many countries does the Amazon River and its tributaries span?
2
3
6
The Amazon river and its tributaries flow through six different countries. These are Peru, Bolivia, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Brazil.

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What is the largest city by population in Latin America?
Sao Paulo
Sao Paolo is the largest city by population in Latin America. Not only that, but it's also one of the largest cities in the world.
Lima
Santiago

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Where is the highest mountain in South America, Aconcagua, located?
Ecuador
Chile
Argentina
Aconcagua is the tallest mountain in South America. it's located in Argentina, and stands nearly 23,000 feet tall.

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Latin America is home to the world's most ______ city.
Northerly
Southerly
Latin America is home to the world's most southerly city. It's Ushuaia in Argentina, and it has about 60,000 inhabitants.
Affluent

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Costa Rica has been ranked the _____ country in the world.
Poorest
Most diverse
Happiest
Did you know that Costa Rica is ranked as one of the happiest countries in the world? Let's move to Costa Rica, y'all!

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Darwin came up with his Theory of Evolution while visiting the _________.
Amazon rainforest
Shores of Chile
Galapagos Islands
Darwin came up with his Theory of Evolution while visiting the Galapagos Islands. The Galapagos are part of the Republic of Ecuador.

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During the rain season in Honduras, it rains ________.
Molten Acid
Fish
During the heaviest part of the rain season in Honduras, it actually rains fish! This takes place between the months of May and June.
Cats and dogs

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Bolivia got rid of McDonald's because they prefer ______.
Fine dining
Street food
Bolivia is a country that seriously loves their street food. They love it so much that they actually were the first Latin American country to get rid of McDonald's.
Paper bag lunches

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What country has won the most beauty titles compared to any other country in the world?
Venezuela
Venezuela has won the most beauty contests than any other country in the world. They have held this tradition for over 30 years.
Honduras
Peru

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Costa Rica has abolished its _______.
Government
Army
Costa Rica actually abolished their army in 1948. Since then, they remain army-free.
Capitalism

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In Latin America, you're advised to ______ toilet paper.
Flush
Trash
In Latin America, you're encouraged to throw toilet paper in the trash rather than the toilet. The buildup of toilet paper causes plumbing problems, apparently.
Not use

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In Latin America, what is true about many unfinished buildings?
They're permanently abandoned
They're actually finished
They will be finished in the future
In Latin America, when you see an unfinished building, there's a good chance that it's still going to be finished in the future. Rods are set up on top of the buildings to prepare for future additions.

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What is the largest lake in South America?
Lake Zulu
Lake Titicaca
Lake Titicaca is the largest lake in South America. It straddles both Peru and Bolivia.
Lake Poopo

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Where is the Atacama Desert?
Chile
The Atacama Desert is located in the north of Chile. After the Antarctic Desert, it's considered to be the driest in the world.
Brazil
Mexico

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What percentage of Latin America speaks Spanish as their first language?
40%
60%
60% of Latin America speaks Spanish as their first language. Portuguese is spoken by 34% of the population.
80%

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The "come here" hand gesture in the U.S. means what in Latin America?
Go away
I don't know
Come here (romantically)
Be careful not to use the typical hand gesture for "come here" when in Latin America. You may give someone some very romantic notions!

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