12 June 2006

Thanksgiving is months away, but take the Turkey test anyway!

News agencies are reporting that the European Union has started membership talks with Turkey. Only time will tell how far they will go. In the meantime, brush up on your knowledge of geography and history with this test from the BBC.

If you don't know what a fez is, look around this page and you will see the picture of a man wearing one.

6 comments:

John said...

I liked this explanation:

Soldiers found bags of coffee beans among the equipment left behind by the Ottoman army after the battle of Vienna in 1683. It was initially mistaken for horse food. The first coffee house opened shortly afterwards.

Those must have been some pretty energetic horses (for a short time, anyway).

Duane said...

Well, I got 10 correct. I missed the first one. I sure didn't know that Turkey first applied for associate membership of the European Community in '59. I guessed the '70s. I also guessed wrong on the Turkish word for "mountain." I guessed right on a couple of others but I'm not telling which ones. If you hadn't made a point of the fez, I likely would have missed that one too. Your remark helped my memory. The computerized scorer told me, "Saint Paul could hardly have done better." Now that is to damn with faint praise. Saint Paul missed out on quite a bit of Turkish history including most of that cover in this quiz.

Callipygia said...

I am relieved to guess that the Ottoman army did not bequeath salami to the Viennese. I enjoy this site a lot Aydin & I was wondering if "the man in the fez" is really you. Very mysterious and from a faraway time...

AYDIN ÖRSTAN said...

If I told you which one I answered wrong, you wouldn't believe I grew up in Turkey. So, I am not telling.

I also didn't know "balkan" meant mountain in Turkish. I'll bet most Turks wouldn't know that either, the ordinary word for mountain being "dag". But there it is in my Turkish dictionary. Alp is a Turkish male name, so I guessed it meant mountain, but it turns out that it means a "brave person".

Somebody else once asked about the identity of the man in the fez. I will reveal that in a future post.

afarensis said...

I got seven right - would have got nine if I had thought about it for a few more minutes...

Anonymous said...

I have eleven taking wrongly the Alp instead Balkan as the word dag, too.

Ümit, proudly Turk :)