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What was the name of the ancient trade route that passed through central Asia?

Silk Road

Amber Road

Spice Routes

Incense Route

The Silk Road was a network of Eurasian trade routes active from the second century BCE until the mid-15th century.

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What's the name of this dangerous sport, played with a goat carcass for a ball?

Buzkhashi

Kabaddi

Kurash

Polo

Buzkashi is the national sport of Afghanistan.

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What do you call this traditional Uzbek rice dish?

Plov

Laghman

Manti

Kabob

Plov is the Uzbek version of pilaf.

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What formerly the fourth largest lake in the world has now almost completely dried up?

Aral Sea

Caspian Sea

Lake Baikal

Lake Balkhash

The Aral Sea began shrinking in the 1960s after the rivers that fed it were diverted by Soviet irrigation projects.

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What central Asian city has given name to a style of oriental carpets?

Bukhara

Khiva

Shakhrisabz

Tashkent

People have inhabited the region around Bukhara for at least five millennia, and the city has existed for half that time

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Who was the famous 15th century ruler, astronomer and mathematician based in Samarkand?

Ulugh Beg

Thābit ibn Qurra

Omar Khayyam

Muhammad ibn Musa Al-Khwarizmi

Ulugh Beg was notable for his work in astronomy-related mathematics, such as trigonometry and spherical geometry.

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What ethnic group constitutes roughly half the population of Chinese central Asia?

Uyghurs

Tajiks

Kyrgyz

Kazakhs

Scholars estimate that at least one million Uyghurs have been arbitrarily detained in the Xinjiang internment camps.

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In what Kazakh city lies the Cosmodrome from which all crewed Russian spaceflights are launched?

Baikonur

Almaty

Nur-Sultan

Pavlodar

The spaceport is in the desert steppe of Baikonur, about 200 km east of the Aral Sea and north of the river Syr Darya.

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Different places in central Asia claim to be the birthplace of this popular 13th century satirist. Who is he?

Nasreddin Hodja

Alisher Navoi

Omar Khayyám

Abu Abdulrh Rudaki

He appears in thousands of stories, sometimes witty, sometimes wise, but often, too, a fool or the butt of a joke.

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What's the historical Latin/Greek name of the Amu Darya river?

Oxus

Jaxartes

Indus

Erymandrus

Alexander the Great crossed the river three times between 329 and 327 BC.
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