Malta: 10 questions

  1. Which non-European language is Maltese related to?
  2. The entire island of Malta was awarded which military decoration for its fortitude during World War II?
  3. What is the name of the second largest island in the Maltese archipelago, after Malta itself?
  4. In which century was the Great Siege of Malta?
  5. And which empire was doing the besieging?
  6. Which Maltese professor and author originated the term “lateral thinking”? He has suggested that the Middle East peace process could be helped by the export of Marmite, as the consumption of unleavened bread in the region leads to zinc deficiency, causing aggression – this could be remedied with the consumption of zinc-rich marmite.
  7. Which 19th century poet wrote a poem, Farewell to Malta, after a 20 day stay there in 1809? In the poem, he curses the steep stairs of Malta’s capital.
  8. And what is the name of that capital?
  9. The Knights of St. John of Jerusalem, also known as the Knights of Malta, were given control of the island in 1530. Which European ruler finally wrested control of the island from the Knights in 1798?
  10. Which saint is said in the Bible to have been shipwrecked on Malta in around 60AD, converting the locals to Christianity?

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  1. Which non-European language is Maltese related to?
    A: Arabic 
  2. The entire island of Malta was awarded which military decoration for its fortitude during World War II?
    A: The George Cross
  3. What is the name of the second largest island in the Maltese archipelago, after Malta itself?
    A: Gozo
  4. In which century was the Great Siege of Malta?
    A: 16th
  5. And which empire was doing the besieging?
    A: The Ottoman Empire
  6. Which Maltese professor and author originated the term “lateral thinking”? He has suggested that the Middle East peace process could be helped by the export of Marmite, as the consumption of unleavened bread in the region leads to zinc deficiency, causing aggression – this could be remedied with the consumption of zinc-rich marmite.
    A: Edward De Bono
  7. Which 19th century poet wrote a poem, Farewell to Malta, after a 20 day stay there in 1809? In the poem, he curses the steep stairs of Malta’s capital.
    A: Lord Byron
  8. And what is the name of that capital?
    A: Valletta
  9. The Knights of St. John of Jerusalem, also known as the Knights of Malta, were given control of the island in 1530. Which European ruler finally wrested control of the island from the Knights in 1798?
    A: Napoleon Bonaparte
  10. Which saint is said in the Bible to have been shipwrecked on Malta in around 60AD, converting the locals to Christianity?
    A: St. Paul

If you enjoyed this quiz, you might well enjoy my Little European Quiz Book, available here – 10 questions about each EU member state, and a few bonus questions and facts for good measure.

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