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Ethiopia Quiz

Updated on February 6, 2015

Ethiopia- Myths and Facts

Different things come to mind when you hear the word Ethiopia. Maybe marathon, Queen of Sheba, mountains? People's images of Ethiopia are many and diverse. It is a fascinating country, with a lot more to it than meets the eye. Check out how much you know about the country, enjoy yourself and who knows- maybe you will learn something new!

The quiz is divided into three parts- General Knowledge, Culture and Animals. Take them in any order you wish!

Ethiopia in Africa

Facts about Ethiopia

Ethiopia is a large country, located in what is commonly called the Horn of Africa. It covers an area of over 1 million sq.km, bordering to Eritrea, Sudan, Kenya, Somalia and Djibouti. Since the independence of Eritrea, Ethiopia doesn't have any coast or port. This means that all transport has to go on land, then usually through the port in Djibouti to the rest of the world.



Ethiopia is a predominantly Christian country, but about a third of the population are Muslims. Many of these Muslims, however, don't follow the rules as strictly as in other Muslim countries. Especially in the northern parts, in Wollo. It is not uncommon for Muslims to marry Christians, or to drink the local alcohol.

Addis Ababa

Meaning: New Flower

Addis Ababa, the capital, is a city which has developed tremendously the past decade. From village to city, it is the center of many international organizations. The African Union has its head-quarters here, and there are many UN agencies and aid-organizations. This means there is a large group of foreigners located here.

In Addis, there are plenty of nightclubs, bars and restaurants. One shopping-mall after another is being built. Living side by side with the rich people, are many poor ones. The contrast can sometimes be overwhelming.


Ethiopia is Full of Languages and Good Food

It is amazing how one country can have so many languages. Apart from the 80, or so, spoken languages, there are also many dialects. One thing most people in Ethiopia have in common is the staple food. Injera, made from a grain called teff, is eaten daily by most people. A bit like rice to many Asians. Together with injera they serve different sauces, based on meat, chicken or vegetables. Their chilli mixture, berbere, is a really nice spice which can be used for many dishes.

A Taste of Ethiopia - Berbere

Berbere is not only used directly in the food, they also prepare a really nice chilli paste with it. See how AWAZE is prepared and used.

Live Aid

Many people have heard about Ethiopia only in connection with the horrible starvation in the mid 80's. A lot of foreign workers, Red Cross and others went to Ethiopia to try to help. They did a lot of good, both materially but also on an emotional level. To know that somebody cares can help a person not to give up.

After an interview with Red Cross nurse Claire Bertschinger , on the BBC in 1984, a man called Bob Geldof decided to arrange a fund-raising concert, with many famous artists, to help the people. This came to be known as Live Aid, and they managed to raise a staggering sum of more than 280 million dollars!

Read more on the unofficial Live Aid site.

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Ethiopia Still Needs Help

Ethiopia is still a very poor country. While not recommending any particular aid-organization, here are a few links to check out. Remember that a little can go a long way.

Want To See a Gelada?

The Gelada (Theropithecus gelada), sometimes called the Gelada Baboon, is a species of Old World monkey found only in the Ethiopian Highlands, with large populations in the Semien Mountains.

They are known by a big red spot on their chest, looking like a heart. These big monkeys can be quite a nuisance, even dangerous, especially in areas where they have become used to humans.

Walia Ibex

Capra Walie

The Walia Ibex is a kind of mountain goat, which is found in the mountainous regions of Ethiopia. There are very few animals left, and it has been put on the list of critically endangered species. Only 500 individuals or so are still left. This is partly because of hunting, but also a result of loss of habitat. Even if the number would increase, there is not enough space for them.

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Famous Ethiopian Women

Do you know who the beautiful woman on the picture is? It is Liya Kebede, an Ethiopian supermodel. She, along with other Ethiopian women have become famous all over the world, for different reasons. You can read more about these Ethiopian Women here. Of course, we don't want to discriminate anybody, so why not check out the page about Famous Ethiopian Men?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Unfortunately I did not have 10 of 10. Let me do the quiz again. Cheat a little! Thank you for useful information!

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      Sue Dixon 6 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      I'm impressed by the way you are highlighting Ethiopia in your lenses. Very worthwhile. Thanks for this lens- blessed by an Angel, and added to my Angel lens.

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      LouisaDembul 6 years ago

      @Grasmere Sue: Thank you! I really like Ethiopia, and am happy you're enjoying my lenses!

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      The Afrikan 6 years ago

      i got 60 :O

      i thought i would do better than that :(

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      irenemaria 6 years ago from Sweden

      I did the quiz and learned two things. 80 languages! That is unbelievable. And also 80 million people. NOw I know thank you!

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      GramaBarb 6 years ago from Vancouver

      The two answers that were a complete surprise was 80 languages and 80 million pop.! Wow!

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      JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Fun quiz and great information! I'm adding this to my Africa lens for students and teachers. Thanks! : )

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      LouisaDembul 6 years ago

      @JoyfulPamela2: Thank you, I am happy it will be used!

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      NAIZA LM 6 years ago

      Yay! Surprisingly, I just passed the quiz! It was really fun and didn't expect the questions. How nice! Thank you!

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      spunkyduckling 6 years ago

      Arrgghh.. I got 20%. My lowest score ever on any quiz! But i had fun and learned so many things. Thank you.

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      svarun 6 years ago

      40%... I knew something and I guesed everytihng else

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      Kiwisoutback 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      40% for me, not so good! I knew a couple of the answers, the rest were guesses. I definitely learned a few things here. Great series of Ethiopia lenses, very well done!

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      RinchenChodron 6 years ago

      Great quiz - didn't do as well as I hoped tho. My aunt and uncle lived in Ethiopia in the 60s.

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      Senora M 6 years ago

      i know nothing about ethiopia, but my best friend is adopting a baby from there!

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      mannasugar 6 years ago

      I failed the test...I got 30 %

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      Evelyn Saenz 6 years ago from Royalton

      Together my teenage daughter and I go 50%. This quiz was hard but lots of fun. Thank you for illustrating the answers to the questions. We loved begin introduced to the gelada.

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      I know very little about this country, and my quiz reults proved that. Gotta study up!

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      sorana lm 6 years ago

      Very interesting lens. I am too embarrassed to tell what I got in the three quizzes. I better go and study harder. :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      So enjoyable with your quiz.. dearest Mujjen :) Now, I know much more about Ethiopia, one of the wonderfully natural country. 5 stars for you. Have a wonderful time.. always :)

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      Linda Hahn 6 years ago from California

      I did learn a couple of things.

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      pimbels lm 6 years ago

      Great lens and very interesting quiz. Thank you.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thanx a lot for the lovely quiz, I really enjoyed it.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Lovely lens and nice to learn a little more about Ethiopia. Thanks. :)

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      BunnyFabulous 6 years ago from Central Florida

      Great quiz! I did pretty well, but my brother lives in Addis Ababa, so that helped a lot. :) Thanks for helping me learn more about this wondrous country.

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      Philippians468 6 years ago

      lovely quizzes! cheers

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      Beautiful lens, hard but enjoyable quizzes. Keep it up!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nice Quiz, I learned new things about Ethiopia

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      David Dove 5 years ago

      excellent, thanks

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      CrucialCulture LM 5 years ago

      Great lens...

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      robertsugar lm 5 years ago

      I learned a lot here. Squidlike!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I hope someday, I can visit Euthopia. Super liked this lens.

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      knit1tat2 5 years ago

      thanks for a great lens about a wonderful country!

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      irenemaria 5 years ago from Sweden

      I had quite a lot of right answers. But on the other hand - all I had to do was to read the whole lens before I answered hehehe

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      learned a lot here, enjoyed the quiz's and the simple and short questions. thank you indeed for your lens.

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      Adriano4u 5 years ago

      Very interesting knowledge here..very good content.

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      Sher Ritchie 5 years ago

      It was a difficult quiz - a great challenge. Thanks. And a great lens. But I'd liked to have seen a short segment about the river Nile - one of its main sources is in Ethopia and the little-spring-that-starts-it-all is a pilgrimage site.

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      E L Seaton 5 years ago from Virginia

      Very interesting. I wish I had done a bit better on the polls.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I wish I had remembered more...70%, 40% and 50%...and a good refresher coarse, nicely done....and its good for us not to get all the answers right!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      ....and blessed...

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      TeagueChubak LM 5 years ago

      Got zero on every quiz. hahahaha.

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      TeagueChubak LM 5 years ago

      Got zero on every quiz. hahahaha.

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      Ben Reed 5 years ago

      Didn't do too badly on the quiz - but still need to brush up and give it another go.

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      ifuturz 5 years ago

      Great

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      ifuturz 5 years ago

      Great

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      LouisaDembul 5 years ago

      @Sher Ritchie: I am working on including more about this, it is an important part of the country and culture. Will not take long before you'll see it here!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I need to brush up on the subject. Fun quiz and great lens.

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      greenmind 5 years ago

      I like the way you have "cornered the market" on this topic. Nice lens!

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      GramaBarb 5 years ago from Vancouver

      Congratulations for having your lens featured on the front page! I left you a little gift of angel dust.

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      RinchenChodron 5 years ago

      Wow, I learned a lot! Great quiz! I had an aunt who lived in Ethiopia and I thought I knew more than I turned out to know. Well done.

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      Stephanie Tietjen 5 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      Enjoyed this very much. And learned a lot. A great work here!

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      Tamara Kajari 5 years ago from Zagreb, Croatia, Europe

      Knew very little and learned a lot. Thanks!

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      Shorebirdie 5 years ago from San Diego, CA

      Wow, I sure didn't know as much as I thought I did. I even have friends in Ethiopia, too!

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      jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

      I didn't know most of these facts, the most I know is about Ethiopian coffee and food.

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      greenlungsofpoland 5 years ago

      Great lens i have a lot to learn about Ethopia

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      dahlia369 5 years ago

      Beautiful and mysterious country and lens, thank you! :)

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      SoniaCarew 5 years ago

      Excellent lens! I love it. Ehtopia is one of the few African countries I haven't visited. Yet.

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      jlshernandez 5 years ago

      I tried Ethiopian lamb stew with injera once and love it. Thanks for sharing.

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      John Dyhouse 5 years ago from UK

      Very informative and interesting lens. I enjoyed the quizzes, OK on the first but for the latter two had to guess the answers. THanks for a great read.

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      Guided Abundance 5 years ago from Mobile, AL

      I have a famous Ethiopian friend named Wayna Wondwossen. She's a singer her in the US. I have a lens on her here on Squidoo if you would like to look. I love her music. She sings Indie R&B Soul music.

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      I think the Ethiopian women are so beautiful. Didn't do as well on some of the questions as I thought. There is so much to learn about God's beautiful land isn't there?

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      Paul Franciskato 5 years ago from Junction City, Kansas

      Now I know a little more about Ethiopia!

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      CrazyIM 5 years ago

      It is a fun lens. I learned something.

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      Char Milbrett 5 years ago from Minnesota

      this was fun. thanks.

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      Pangionedevelopers 5 years ago

      great info

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      Einar A 5 years ago

      Very interesting and informative, thanks!

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      ernad18 5 years ago

      great lens

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Returning to bless this lens.

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      Wonderful informative lens and great quiz. Blessed and featured on Blessed by Skliesgreen 2012, Hugs

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      MindPowerProofs1 5 years ago

      Thank you for the information. Really helpful

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      melissiaoliver 5 years ago

      This was a really interesting lens - I know very little about Ethiopia so this was a great way to increase my knowledge. Thanks!

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      savateuse 5 years ago

      Thanks for this interesting lens!

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      Thanks for a very informative Lens and fun Quizzies; I Pinned you to my Squidoo Quizzies Pinboard.

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      Another interesting and informative lens Mujjen!

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      Kara Hara 5 years ago

      Interesting and informative lens.

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      RuralFloridaLiving 5 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Very interesting. I never thought of Ethopia as a place to visit.

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      grahamcox lm 4 years ago

      Always wanted to go travelling in Africa - this might just be top of my list for that continent.

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      Great information!

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      TheBeautifulLife 4 years ago

      Super great lens my friend and thank you for sharing lens with us...

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      maryLuu 4 years ago

      Very good lense and very educational. I've learn few new things! Thanks!

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      nolinel lm 4 years ago

      Very enjoyable, thank you...

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      vinodkpillai lm 4 years ago

      I got a few right (and many wrong), which automatically means that I learnt a lot - thanks!

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      GracoNautilus3-in-1CarSeat 4 years ago

      Great lens my squidoo friend. Visit my and Thank you.

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      Squidpress 4 years ago

      nice lens on ethiopia

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      Srena44 4 years ago

      great lens

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      I would love to be a part of a volunteer team in Ethiopia (International Aid). The people of Ethiopia have had more than their share of suffering. I appreciated all that I learned here. Thank you!

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      RuthieDenise 4 years ago

      Beautiful lens.

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      DataRet 4 years ago

      Great lens and wonderful photos!

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      Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

      I enjoyed your quiz on Ethiopia!

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      ValentineAngel 4 years ago

      Great lenses

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      myspace9 4 years ago

      I enjoyed this quiz. Thanks.

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      myspace9 4 years ago

      I enjoyed this quiz. Thanks.

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      Traveller579 4 years ago

      Wonderful your quiz question, I enjoy this quiz. Thanks

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      mecheshier 4 years ago

      That was fun. Thanks

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      Helen Phillips Cockrell 4 years ago from Virginia

      Beautiful pictures. I also enjoyed the quiz, learned some new things!

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      Donnette Davis 4 years ago from South Africa

      Your love for Africashines through your lenses. Blessed x

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      Tennyhawk 4 years ago

      It's always fascinating to learn about new places. Thanks for all the interesting facts included here. From food to customs to wildlife - I think you hit all the highlights. A terrific lens. Thanks.

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      TanoCalvenoa 4 years ago

      Good quiz!

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      suepogson 4 years ago

      Great quiz - I learned loads.

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      worldwidesouven 4 years ago

      Interesting quiz, it made me to read a lot of things about Ethopia. It was not easy

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      thumbs up

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      ConvenientCalendar 4 years ago

      Great quiz!

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      Gaby81 4 years ago

      Great quiz, thanks for sharing.

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      blestman lm 4 years ago

      What a beautiful country. Thanks for sharing this lens.

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      Baddew Fibes 3 years ago

      I've learnt a lot from this lens - thank you!

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      Lynn Klobuchar 3 years ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota

      Interesting questions. Thanks for pulling this together.

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      Scindhia 3 years ago from Chennai

      My sister lives in Ethiopia. Great info about the place.

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      Gloria Freeman 3 years ago from Alabama USA

      This was fun and I learned a lot about Ethiopia.

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