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What Do You Know About Burma?

Burma, officially known as Myanmar, has a rich history characterized by eventful and momentous turns of power. The 10 questions below cover the key events that occurred within the boundaries of modern Myanmar up until British colonial rule…please enjoy.

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    Who were the first group to consolidate control over the central Irrawaddy valley in Myanmar, c. 800 A.D.?

    • Shan
    • Kachin
    • Karen
    • Pyu
  • Question /

    Civilization in ancient Burma was centered around which great Buddhist center until 1289 A.D.?

    • Luong Prabang
    • Pagan
    • Chiang Mai
    • Mandalay
  • Question /

    In the southern region of modern Burma, and extending as far as modern Cambodia, another Hindu-Buddhist Mon-speaking state developed around the central capital of…?

    • Yangon
    • Shwebo
    • Tachilek
    • Pegu
  • Question /

    By the beginning of the 17th century a new dynasty (actually, restored) took control of the capital at Ava and reigned for 150 years. What was the name of this dynasty?

    • Kayah
    • Arakan
    • Sukhothai
    • Toungoo
  • Question /

    A new dynasty, the Konbaung, arose in the same year that the previous one fell, 1752, and by early 1754 the capital at Ava was retaken. Who was the first great king of this dynasty?

    • Naungdawgyi
    • Alaungpaya
    • Bodawpaya
    • Bagyidaw
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    The high imperial point of the early Konbaung empire came in 1767 when the capital of modern Thailand was reduced. What was the name of this unfortunate capital that was sacked by Burmese King Hsinbyushin?

    • Ubon
    • Krung Thep
    • Ayudhya
    • Nakhon Ratchasima
  • Question /

    From ancient times, a ministerial council exercised executive and judicial authority for the king. What was this council called?

    • Atwin-wun
    • Wun-gyi
    • Bye-daik
    • Hlutdaw
  • Question /

    By the 18th century, the influence of European powers began to be felt by the Burmese. The Anglo-French rivalry had resulted in British dominance in India, and thus British forces were well established in Assam (Eastern India) by the early 19th century. Which of the following was not an irritant in the Anglo-Burmese relationship that eventually led to conflict?

    • Burmese raids into British territory
    • Lack of understanding by Burmese officials about British ideas of frontiers, trade and extradition
    • British harboring of anti-Konbaung forces
    • All of these were irritants

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