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The Ultimate Yurt Quiz
by Staff
You may have read about ancient Central Asian yurts in a grade school history class. But did you know that the unique round dwellings are now growing in popularity around the world? Test your knowledge of yurt engineering, history and culture with this quiz.

The earliest yurts we've found evidence of are from when?

  • 4th century B.C.
  • 3rd century A.D.
  • 13th century A.D.

The oldest complete yurt, dating to the 13th century, was found where?

  • in a Mongolian grave
  • in a Chinese cave
  • in a Russian barn

What were the benefits of yurts for Central Asian nomads?

  • portability and ease of heating
  • low resource usage and inexpensive
  • sturdy and easy to build

Where did the American yurt resurgence begin?

  • Oregon
  • Alaska
  • Wyoming

What was the initial reason that led an Oregon campsite to install yurts?

  • budgetary concerns
  • rustic charm
  • low temperatures

What is the Mongolians word for a yurt?

  • ger
  • khan
  • yurt

What forms the skeleton of a yurt's walls?

  • wooden latticework
  • a bamboo cage
  • cured skins

What piece of a yurt's structure gives it its extraordinary strength?

  • a tension cable around the frame
  • cross bars through the center
  • the angled roof rafters

What makes yurts able to withstand strong winds?

  • their shape
  • the material of their walls
  • their deep anchoring in the ground

Out of what material did Mongolians traditionally make their yurts?

  • sheep's wool
  • animal skins
  • woven grass

What was a drawback to the woolen felt that Mongolians used in their yurts?

  • It absorbed a lot of water.
  • Wind could flow through it.
  • It was highly flammable.

How tall are most yurts?

  • about 5 feet
  • a little over 6 feet
  • up to 8 feet

What percentage of the internal space in a yurt can you use?

  • 0.75
  • 0.9
  • 1

What is different in Turkic yurts, compared to Mongolian ones?

  • They use bent poles that are both the walls and roof beams.
  • They use less absorbent materials for the walls.
  • They are built for more permanent placement.

What is the origin of the word "nomad?"

  • felt
  • Mongol
  • home

In the yurts of Buddhist Mongolians, what side would hold the altar?

  • north
  • south
  • east

According to tradition, what should you not do in a ger?

  • whistle
  • sing
  • clap

About how many yurts are being used throughout North America?

  • 2500
  • 10000
  • 50000

What amenities are options in modern yurts?

  • ceiling fans and gutters
  • basements and windows
  • inner walls and retractable roofs

What should you do when talking to a bank about a loan for a yurt?

  • not call it a yurt
  • line up insurance first
  • underscore the durability of the yurt