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  • ivanildotrindade 11:50 pm on May 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Amazon rainforest, amazon river, , most expensive cities, most populous cities, most populous countries, nile river, São Paulo, South America   

    ANSWERS TO BRAZIL QUIZ 

    TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF BRAZIL

    I. Multiple-choice:

    1. Brazil produces more cars than the following country:

    O U.S.

    O Great Britain

    O Mexico (Right answer)

    O Germany

    O China

    2. The currency of Brazil is called:

    O Real (Right Answer)

    O Cruzeiro

    O Cruzado

    O Riel

    O Pataca

    3. The following is something Brazil is NOT famous for:

    O Bypassing the giant drug companies to produce cheaper, generic AIDS medicine.

    O Giving to the world the classical composer Heitor Vila-Lobos.

    O Revolutionizing the music world by creating a new sound, “bossa nova.”

    O Producing famous soap operas, known as “telenovelas,” which are broadcast around the world.

    O Being the first country in South America to elect a female president. (Right Answer)

    4. Which country is NOT among the top 10 most populous in the world

    O China

    O Russia

    O Japan

    O India

    O Brazil

    Right answer: NONE. The top 10 are: 1. China 2. India 3. United States 4. Indonesia 5. Brazil (about 200 million) 6. Pakistan 7. Bangladesh 8. Nigeria 9. Russia 10. Japan.

    5. Which city is NOT among the top ten most expensive cities in the world for expats?

    O Tokyo, Japan

    O Moscow, Russia

    O N’Djamena, Chad

    O New York, U.S.A. (Right answer)

    O São Paulo, Brazil

    The top 10 are: 1. Luanda, Angola 2. Tokyo, Japan 3. N’Djamena, Chad 4. Moscow, Russia 5. Geneva, Switzerland 6. Osaka, Japan Zürich, Switzerland Singapore 9. Hong Kong 10. São Paulo, Brazil.

    II. True or False:

    1. Brazil is the 6th largest economy in the world, having surpassed the U.K. at the end of 2011 in terms of GDP.  True

    2. The Amazon basin covers some 60% of Brazil’s surface.  True

    3. São Paulo is the second most populous city in the world. Depending on how you count, it could either be True or False.

    4. 5% of the population in Brazil owns 85% of the country’s wealth.  True

    5. Outside of the G-8, more scientific papers from Brazil are quoted than from any other county.  True

    6. Brazil’s land area is bigger than that of Continental United States.  True, by 3.2 square miles.

    7. The Amazon represents over half of the world’s remaining rainforest.  True. 8.5 million square kilometers. Brazil has the largest reserves of tropical forest, freshwater, and bio-diversity in the world. 

    8. There are 200 nations within the country we call “Brazil.”  True

    9. The Amazon River is the longest river in the world.  False, according to most experts. The Nile is the longest. The Amazon is bigger in the volume of water and it is the widest — 5 miles in dry season, 15 miles during the flooded season. 

    10. The Amazon River is the largest river in the world in volume of water with an average discharge greater than the next seven rivers combined.  True. 60 million gallons poured into the Amazon every one second. Enough water flows out of the Amazon each day to keep NYC going for 12 years!

    11. More than one-third of all species in the world live in the Amazon rainforest.  True

    12. The current President of Brazil is the daughter of a Bulgarian immigrant.  True

    13. Cocoa, beef, sugar cane, coffee, orange juice are just a few examples of commodities that Brazil is the #1 producer in the world.  True. Brazil is also the main producer of iron ore, biofuels (bio-ethanol in particular). 

    14. Through Embraer, Brazil is the third largest aircraft manufacturer in the world.  True

    15. In spite of its great economic progress, Brazil is still ruled by a military dictatorship.  False

    And more: At least 80% of the developed world’s diet originated in the tropical forest. Examples: avocados, coconuts, figs, oranges, lemons, grapefruit, bananas, pineapples, mangos, tomatoes; vegetables, including potatoes, rice, corn, winter squash and yams; spices like black pepper, cayenne, chocolate, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, sugar cane, turmeric, coffee and vanilla; nuts, including Brazil nuts and cashews. 

    “Vincristine,” extracted from the rainforest plant Periwinkle, is one of the word’s most powerful anticancer drugs. 25% of active ingredients in today’s cancer-fighting drugs come from organisms only found in the rainforest.

    Winners will be announced tomorrow. Stay tuned!

    Ivanildo C. Trindade 

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  • ivanildotrindade 10:04 pm on May 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , amazon adventure, amazon river, brazil quiz, brazil world power, history of brazil,   

    TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF BRAZIL 

    I am leading a short-term mission trip to northern Brazil July 4-18. We will be on the Amazon,  baby! In preparation for this trip, I’ve put together this quiz for my team. I am giving you a chance to take this quiz and win a free copy of Jay Milbrandt’s new book Go and Do. Okay, here are the rules:1. Submit your answers via e-mail to me by Friday, 5:00 p.m. EST. itrindade@woostergrace.org.

    2. If you have already taken this test, don’t bother to take it again. :). “Amazon Adventure’s” team members!

    3. If your last name is Trindade, or was formerly Trindade, you’re automatically disqualified from taking the quiz. Lucas!

    4. You are not allowed to Google, Wiki, Bing or otherwise use the Internet to answer any of these questions, unless you use a Commodore 64 to surf the net.

    5. Include your mailing address with your answer. We will mail anywhere with an address written in Roman characters.

    Good luck!

    TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF BRAZIL

    I. Multiple-choice:

    1. Brazil produces more cars than the following country:

    O U.S.

    O Great Britain

    O Mexico

    O Germany

    O China

    2. The currency of Brazil is called:

    O Real

    O Cruzeiro

    O Cruzado

    O Riel

    O Pataca

    3. The following is something Brazil is NOT famous for:

    O Bypassing the giant drug companies to produce cheaper, generic AIDS medicine.

    O Giving to the world the classical composer Heitor Vila-Lobos.

    O Revolutionizing the music world by creating a new sound, “bossa nova.”

    O Producing famous soap operas, known as “telenovelas,” which are broadcast around the world.

    O Being the first country in South America to elect a female president.

    4. Which country is NOT among the top 10 most populous in the world

    O China

    O Russia

    O Japan

    O India

    O Brazil

    5. Which city is NOT among the top ten most expensive cities in the world for expats?

    O Tokyo, Japan

    O Moscow, Russia

    O N’Djamena, Chad

    O New York, U.S.A.

    O Sao Paulo, Brazil

    II. True or False:

    1. Brazil is the 6th largest economy in the world, having surpassed the U.K. at the end of 2011 in terms of GDP.  T       F

    2. The Amazon basin covers some 60% of Brazil’s surface.  T       F

    3. Sao Paulo is the second most populous city in the world.  T       F

    4. 5% of the population in Brazil owns 85% of the country’s wealth.  T       F

    5. Outside of the G-8, more scientific papers from Brazil are quoted than from any other county.  T       F

    6. Brazil’s land area is bigger than that of Continental United States.  T       F

    7. The Amazon represents over half of the world’s remaining rainforest.  T       F

    8. There are 200 nations within the country we call “Brazil.”  T       F

    9. The Amazon River is the longest river in the world.  T       F

    10. The Amazon River is the largest river in the world in volume of water with an average discharge greater than the next seven rivers combined.  T       F

    11. More than one-third of all species in the world live in the Amazon rainforest.  T       F

    12. The current President of Brazil is the daughter of a Bulgarian immigrant.  T       F

    13. Cocoa, beef, sugar cane, coffee, orange juice are just a few examples of commodities that Brazil is the #1 producer in the world.  T       F

    14. Through Embraer, Brazil is the third largest aircraft manufacturer in the world.  T       F

    15. In spite of its great economic progress, Brazil is still ruled by a military dictatorship.  T       F

    Ivanildo C. Trindade

     
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