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Central Asia

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Quiz Questions

  1. Which city is the most populous in Central Asia and also the capital and largest city of Uzbekistan?
  2. Can you name the five 'stans' in Central Asia?
  3. Which two landlocked Central Asian countries have territory in two continents?
  4. Baku is the capital of Azerbaijan and also the largest city on which sea?
  5. Which lake, the world's fourth largest in 1960, has shrunk to more than half its former size?

  6. Who was born on 13 April 1963 in Baku, Azerbaijan?
  7. Which desert occupies about 70 percent of Turkmenistan?
  8. Kazakhstan's capital is Astana, however which city is the country's largest?
  9. All five Central Asian republics obtained their independence in which year?
  10. On his journey along the Silk Road who describes Samarqand in Uzbekistan as "a very large and splendid city"?
  11. What is plov?
  12. Bishkek is the capital of which country?
  13. Which of the Central Asia 'stans' is the biggest by square miles?
  14. The Darvaza gas crater is also known as the 'Door to' where?
  15. What is Uzbek?
  16. Given the name of a flower, which revolution began in Kyrgyzstan in 2005?
  17. Ashgabat is the capital of which country?
  18. Nearly every city and town in Kyrgyzstan has a statue, usually located in the central square, of which political figure?
  19. What sort of facility is based in the city of Baikonur in Kazakhstan?
  20. Which country in Central Asia is one of only two doubly landlocked countries in the world?
  21. What did Kazakhstan's Elena Rybakina famously win in 2022?


  1. Tashkent
  2. Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
  3. Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan
  4. The Caspian Sea
  5. The Aral Sea
  6. Garry Kasparov (former World Chess Champion)
  7. The Karakum Desert
  8. Almaty
  9. 1991
  10. Marco Polo
  11. Plov is a rice and lamb dish
  12. Kyrgyzstan
  13. Kazakhstan
  14. Door to Hell
  15. The official and national language of Uzbekistan
  16. Tulip Revolution
  17. Turkmenistan
  18. Lenin
  19. A space launch facility (used by Russia)
  20. Uzbekistan (Note: the only other doubly landlocked country on Earth is Liechtenstein in Europe)
  21. Wimbledon