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Strange Islands Quiz
by Staff
Not every island is a stereotypical sandy paradise with a tropical breeze. In fact, some of our world's most intriguing islands are anything but that. Abandoned cities. Haunted buildings. Mysterious relics. Are you a strange island expert? Show your stuff with this quiz.

True or False: Dubai has plans to develop a group of artificial islands in the shape of a world map.

  • true
  • false

How many Uros people still live on the Floating Islands of Lake Titicaca in Peru?

  • 500
  • 30
  • 1,200

Which tree on Socotra Island is known for its red sap?

  • The giant succulent tree
  • The cucumber tree
  • The dragon's blood tree

Why did Don Julian hang thousands of dolls and doll parts from wire at his property, which has come to be called La Isla de las Munecas (The Island of the Dolls), in Mexico?

  • Don Julian hung the dolls to ward off the spirit of a woman who drowned in the surrounding canals.
  • Don Julian hung the dolls to attract the Spirit of the Dolls.
  • Don Julian was an artist, and his doll installation was photographed and eventually exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

How many tourists visit the Floating Islands of Lake Titicaca in Peru each year?

  • 100,000
  • 200,000
  • 20,000

Which strange island has most recently served as the set for a game show?

  • Fort Boyard
  • Alcatraz Island
  • Hashima Island

Which strange island is best described as an abandoned city?

  • Madagascar
  • Hashima Island
  • Easter Island

Which of these islands once served as an asylum for the mentally ill and as a place of quarantine for plague victims?

  • Alcatraz Island
  • Madagascar
  • Poveglia Island

What is the proper name for the massive statues on Easter Island?

  • ahu
  • maho
  • moai

How did the Easter Islanders move the average 14-ton, 13-feet-tall maois from the rock quarry to other places on the island?

  • They used sleds to drag the statues.
  • They moved the statues with rolling logs.
  • Nobody is sure how the Easter Islanders were able to move the statues.

Al Capone spent time on which of these islands?

  • Madagascar
  • Fort Boyard
  • Alcatraz Island

The island of Madagascar broke off from which continent 165 million years ago?

  • South America
  • Africa
  • Antarctica

True or False: Ninety percent of Madagascar's flora and fauna is unique to the island.

  • true
  • false

Which of these islands is nicknamed "The Galapagos of the East"?

  • Madagascar
  • Hashima Island
  • Socotra Island

What is Dubai's Palm Jumeirah artificial island made of?

  • sand and boulders
  • gravel and recycled tires
  • cement beams and sand

How did Alcatraz get its name?

  • Spanish explorers named the island for its rocky appearance; "alcatraz" is Spanish for "rocky."
  • The island was named for its seabirds; "alcatraces" is Spanish for pelicans.
  • The island was named for the Spanish explorer who first discovered it: Lt. Juan Manuel Alcatraz.

True or false: Chinese and South Korean men were forcibly brought to the island of Hashima to work at the coal mines.

  • true
  • false

According to legend, why did one of the doctors at the asylum for the mentally ill on Poveglia Island leap from the bell tower?

  • He thought the island was haunted.
  • He actually was pushed from the tower by a patient.
  • He conducted strange experiments on patients, and this drove him to suicide.

How many people lived on Easter Island at its height?

  • 20,000
  • 500
  • 9,000

Was Fort Boyard ever really used as a fort?

  • Yes, it was used as a fort during WWII.
  • No, it was never really used as a fort.
  • Yes, it was used as a fort during WWI.