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Asian Flags 5
How did a rail of clothes become the flag of a new nation? Find out in this quiz.

Asian Flags 5

The Asian continent has influenced world history in many ways. Recently there have been many Asians who have been awarded the Nobel Prize for their work. The first Asian to receive the award was the Indian, Rabindranath Tagore, who was awarded the Prize for Literature in 1913. In 2003 Iranian Shirin Ebadi became the first Muslim woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, which was also awarded to Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma in 1991 for her non-violent campaign for democracy.

No less than 13 Japanese scientists have been given Nobel prizes, along with several Middle Eastern politicians. And religious figures have also been recognised, with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.

These are just a few of the Asians who have had an impact on the world and its history. Find out some more about the countries on the continent from which they came in this quiz.

1.
To which country, also known as Kampuchea, does this flag belong?
Singapore
Macau
Taiwan
Cambodia
The name Kampuchea has its origins in the Sanskrit "land of Kambuja." According to legend Kambu was an Indian sage who married a local princess, and the "Kambuja" are his descendents
2.
This is the flag of which country, which became independent from France in 1953? Its capital city is Vientiane.
Laos
Singapore
Lebanon
Syria
The current flag was adopted in 1975 when Laos became a republic. Prior to that the flag was red and bore the figure of a three-headed elephant; the Hindu god Erawan
3.
What is the name of the country represented by this flag? It became an independent nation in 1971.
Bhutan
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Burma
The Bangladeshi flag was designed by student activists in 1970, in the run-up to the war which made the country independent. The first flag was made out of clothes which were donated by a tailor!
4.
Which country, the richest nation on Earth per head of population, is represented by this flag? Its capital city is Doha.
Kuwait
Bahrain
Qatar
Bhutan
Its vast reserves of both natural gas and oil, and its low population of a little over 2 million, combine to make Qatar the richest nation per capita according to the IMF, the World Bank, and the CIA
5.
This is the flag of which country; the second largest in the Arabian Peninsular?
United Arab Emirates
Oman
Saudi Arabia
Yemen
Yemen was the home of the ancient biblical kingdom of Sheba, until it fell to the Himyarite Kingdom in 280 AD. At its height Sheba stretched as far west as Ethiopia in Africa
6.
This is the flag of which country, made up of almost 1,200 coral islands?
Malaysia
Philippines
Maldives
Indonesia
Maldives is the smallest Asian country in terms of both area and population. The highest point in the country is 7 feet 10 inches (2.4 m) above sea level, making it the lowest country on Earth. Because of this there is great concern for Maldives' future if global warming causes a further rise in sea level
7.
This is the flag of which state, which has two capital cities?
Lebanon
Palestine
Syria
Israel
Though it is governed from the city of Ramallah, Palestine claims its capital city to be Jerusalem. Though Palestine declared its independence 1988, it has still to be recognised by Israel
8.
This is the flag of which kingdom, formerly known as Siam?
Thailand
Burma
Tajikistan
Bhutan
The country was officially known as Siam until 1939 when it was renamed Thailand. In 1945 it reverted back to Siam, but only until 1949 when it became known, once again, as Thailand
9.
Which country, whose capital city isTashkent, is represented by this flag?
Japan
Uzbekistan
Iraq
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan had, until 1991, been a part of the Soviet Union. Upon gaining independence a competition to design a new flag was launched, which received more than 200 entries. The winning design became the official flag of Uzbekistan in November that same year
10.
This is the flag of Indonesia, which gained its independence in 1949 from which country?
Great Britain
Russia
Netherlands
USA
Indonesia was formerly known as the Dutch East Indies. It was invaded by Japan during WWII, but following the Japanese defeat Indonesia claimed its independence. The Dutch recognised the Indonesian claim in 1949

 

Author:  Graeme Haw

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