How well do you know Iran?
In honor of the 10th anniversary of Stanford’s Iranian Studies program, here are 10 short questions to test your knowledge about Iran.
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1. When did Iran, formerly known as Persia, change its name?


 
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Persia officially became Iran in 1935.

 
Correct! Persia officially became Iran in 1935.

 
Iran borders how many countries by land?


 
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Iran borders 7 countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkey, and Iraq.

 
Correct! Iran borders 7 countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkey, and Iraq.

 
Which innovation was invented in Iran?


 
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Polo was invented in Iran.

 
Correct! Polo was invented in Iran.

 
What is the name of Iran's official currency?


 
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The rial is Iran's official unit of currency.

 
Correct! The rial is Iran's official unit of currency.

 
Iran produces 90% of the world's


 
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Iran produces 90% of the world's saffron.

 
Correct! Iran produces 90% of the world's saffron.

 
Iran's economy (estimated GDP) ranks _________ in the Middle East and North African region.


 
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Iran's economy ranks second in the Middle East and North African region.

 
Correct! Iran's economy ranks second in the Middle East and North African region.

 
Which of the following is currently banned (but still very common) in Iran?


 
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Alcohol, American films, owning dogs as pets, and going to coffee houses are all currently banned in Iran.

Nevertheless, all are relatively common.
 
Correct! Alcohol, American films, owning dogs as pets, and going to coffee houses are all currently banned in Iran.

Nevertheless, all are relatively common.
 
Which of the following is not true about Iran?


 
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Iran is not home to one of the top five Muslim populations.

Iran is ranked 7th, after
1. Indonesia
2. India
3. Pakistan
4. Bangladesh
5. Nigeria
6. Egypt
 
Correct! Iran is not home to one of the top five Muslim populations.

Iran is ranked 7th, after
1. Indonesia
2. India
3. Pakistan
4. Bangladesh
5. Nigeria
6. Egypt
 
How many Iranian films have won Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film?





 
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Two Iranian films have won Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film.

A Separation won in 2012; The Salesman won in 2017.
 
Correct! Two Iranian films have won Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film.

A Separation won in 2012; The Salesman won in 2017.
 
What is the name of the current Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran?


 
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Ali Khamenei is the current Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

 
Correct! Ali Khamenei is the current Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Thank you for daring to test your knowledge!

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Visit Stanford’s Iranian Studies program at https://iranian-studies.stanford.edu/ to learn more about its efforts in studying Iran’s society, history, culture and politics.
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