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  1. What was the former name of Sri Lanka before 1972?
  2. Name the judicial capital and largest city of Sri Lanka?
  3. Sri Lanka is known as the heart of the Indian Ocean but what other nickname does it have due to its shape?
  4. Sri Lanka is separated from India by the Gulf of Mannar and which strait?
  5. Which former cricketer is widely regarded as one of greatest bowlers in the history of the game? He is the only bowler to take 800 Test wickets.

  6. Sri Lanka has a population of around how many: (a) 22 million, (b) 62 million, or (c) 102 million?
  7. Sri Lanka shares a maritime border with India and which other country?
  8. Which native people constitute about 75% of the Sri Lankan population?
  9. Sri Pada is Sri Lanka's holy mountain sacred since ancient times. What is its English name?
  10. Which word meaning an unplanned fortunate discovery was invented by writer Horace Walpole in 1754 and comes from the old Persian name for Sri Lanka?
  11. The Flag of Sri Lanka is also known as the: (a) the Lion Flag, (b) the Elephant Flag, or (c) the Dragon Flag?
  12. In 1960 Sri Lanka elected the first woman prime minister in the world. What was her name?
  13. Which temple in Kandy is one of the most sacred places of worship in the Buddhist world?
  14. Which English science-fiction write moved to Ceylon Sri Lanka in 1956, to pursue his interest in scuba diving?


  1. Ceylon
  2. Colombo
  3. Teardrop of India
  4. Palk Strait
  5. Muttiah Muralitharan
  6. (a) 22 million
  7. Maldives
  8. Sinhalese people
  9. Adam's Peak
  10. Serendipity (comes from Serendip, an old Persian name for Sri Lanka)
  11. (a)The Lion Flag
  12. Sirimavo Bandaranaike
  13. Temple of the Tooth (The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, or Sri Dalada Maligawa)
  14. Arthur C. Clarke