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Italian Language and Culture Quiz Posted by on Aug 28, 2017 in Quiz

Here’s a quiz that covers various aspects of Italian language and culture. You’ll be able to find all the answers in our articles or on the internet. If you can’t manage the whole quiz then choose the sections that you find easiest. Come on, don’t be shy, leave your answers in the comments section!

The volcanic island of ??? Photo CC by Charles Engelke

Names

1. Which continent is named after an Italian explorer, and what is the explorer’s name?
2. Which country is named after an Italian explorer, and what is the explorer’s name?
3. A volt is a unit of electric potential, who is it named after?
4. Jeans are the world’s most popular style of trousers, which Italian city does their name come from?

Sayings

What are the Italian equivalents of the following sayings?
1. Every cloud has a silver lining
2. To kill two birds with one stone
3. Easier said than done
4. Every once in a blue moon

Dishes

Where do the following Italian dishes originate from?
1. Pizza
2. Pesto
3. Ragù alla bolognese
4. Panforte

Geography

1. Which six countries/states does Italy share its borders with?
2. In which three European countries is Italian an official first language?
3. How many regions is Italy divided into?
4. Which are the three most famous active Italian volcanoes?

Vocabulary

Translate the following shopping list into Italian
Bread
Semi-skimmed milk
Yoghurt
Cheese
Aubergine (egg plant)
Carrots
Potatoes
Apples
Oranges
Matches
Toilet paper

Phrases

How do you say the following everyday phrases in Italian?
1. Pleased to meet you
2. Have a nice day
3. Think nothing of it!
4. See you later!
5. Do you fancy a nice coffee?

How do you say the following phrases in English?
1. Non c’è di che!
2. Oggi hanno messo acqua
3. Meglio non pensarci!
4. Ci penso io alla pulizia
5. Sei proprio rincoglionita, vero?

Grammar

Complete the following Italian sentences:
a. Modal verbs
1. Yesterday, I had to go to Bologna = Ieri, ___ ___ andare a Bolgna
2. Last week I had to finish painting the house = La settimana scorsa, ___ ___ finire di imbiancare la casa
b. Farcela
3. Can you manage to bring me that stepladder? = ___ ___ ___ a portarmi quella scaletta? (informal)
4. It was a steep climb, but in the end we managed it! = la salita era molta ripida, ma alla fine ___ ___ ___!
c. Subjunctive
5. I thought you’d already fed the cat = Pensavo che ___ già dato da mangiare al gatto (informal)
6. If I’d known you were in I’d have come round = Se ___ ___ che eri a casa ___ ___ da te

We’ll publish the answers later this week.

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Comments:

  1. Deborah Williams:

    NAMES: 1. continents of north, central and south America, explorer’s name is Amerigo Vespucci.
    3. named after Alessandro Volta
    4.Genoa
    SAYINGS: 1. Non tutto il male viene per nuocere
    2. Predere due piccioni con una fava
    3. Tra il dire è il fare c”è di mezzo il mare
    4. Ad ogni morte di papa

  2. Chippy:

    Che ottima idea! Non vedo l’ora di cominciare!!

  3. Deborah Williams:

    DISHES: 1. Naples
    2. Genoa
    3. Bologna
    4. Siena
    GEOGRAPHY: 1. Vatican, San Marino, Switzerland, France, Austria and Slovenia
    2. Switzerland, San Marino and Vatican
    3. 20 regions
    4. Vesuvius, Etna and Stromboli

  4. Mike Nicolucci:

    Not a 100% but I’m letting it all hang out:-)

    Names
    1. Which continent is named after an Italian explorer, and what is the explorer’s name?
    America…Amerigo Vespucci
    2. Which country is named after an Italian explorer, and what is the explorer’s name? Columbia , Columbus
    3. A volt is a unit of electric potential, who is it named after? Voltaggio
4. Jeans are the world’s most popular style of trousers, which Italian city does their name come from? Genoa
    Sayings
    What are the Italian equivalents of the following sayings?
    1. Every cloud has a silver lining
    2. To kill two birds with one stone… Due piccioni con una Fava
    3. Easier said than done
    4. Every once in a blue moon …ogni Papa morta
    Dishes
    Where do the following Italian dishes originate from?
    1. Pizza Naples
    2. Pesto. Genoa
    3. Ragù alla bolognese Bologna
    4. Panforte. Milano
    Geography
    1. Which six countries/states does Italy share its borders with? France, Switzerland, Vatican City, Monaco, Austria, Slovenia
    2. In which three European countries is Italian an official first language? Vatican City, Monaco, Italy
    3. How many regions is Italy divided into? 19
    4. Which are the three most famous active Italian volcanoes? Etna,Vesuvio
    Vocabulary
    Translate the following shopping list into Italian
    Bread. Pane
    Semi-skimmed milk latte scremato
    Yoghurt. Yogurt
    Cheese. Formaggio
    Aubergine (egg plant). Melanzane
    Carrots. carote
    Potatoes patate
    Apples. Mele
    Oranges. Aranci
    Matches. Fiammiferi
    Toilet paper carta igienica
    Phrases
    How do you say the following everyday phrases in Italian?
    1. Pleased to meet you. Piacere
    2. Have a nice day Buona Giornata
    3. Think nothing of it! Non c’è di che
    4. See you later! Ci vediamo
    5. Do you fancy a nice coffee? Vorresti un caffè buono?
    How do you say the following phrases in English?
    1. Non c’è di che! You’re welcome
    2. Oggi hanno messo acqua… it was busy today
    3. Meglio non pensarci! Better not to think about it
    4. Ci penso io alla pulizia…I’ll take care of the cleaning
    5. Sei proprio rincoglionita, vero? You’re really stoned right?
    Grammar
    Complete the following Italian sentences:
    a. Modal verbs
    1. Yesterday, I had to go to Bologna = Ieri, abbiamo bisogna andare a Bolgna
    2. Last week I had to finish painting the house = La settimana scorsa, ho dovuto finire di imbiancare la casa
    b. Farcela
    3. Can you manage to bring me that stepladder? = Ce la
    Fai a portarmi quella scaletta? (informal)
    4. It was a steep climb, but in the end we managed it! = la salita era molta ripida, ma alla fine ce l’abbiamo fatto
    c. Subjunctive
    5. I thought you’d already fed the cat = Pensavo che tu avessi già dato da mangiare al gatto (informal)
    6. If I’d know you were in I’d have come round = Se io avessi saputo che eri a casa sarei venuto da te

  5. Carole:

    Names
    1.America, Amerigo Vespucci
    2. Colombia, Christopher Columbus
    3. Alessandro Volta
    4. Genoa

    Sayings

    1. Non tutto il male vien per nuocere
    2. Prendere due piccioni con una fava
    3.Piu` facile a dirsi che a farsi
    4. Una volta ogni morte di Papa

    Dishes

    1. Naples
    2. Genoa
    3. Bologna
    4. Siena

    Georgraphy

    1. France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia – San Marino, Vatican City
    2. Italy, Switzerland Slovenia + San Marino and Vatican City
    3. 20
    4. Mount Etna, Stromboli, Mount Vesuvius

    Vocabulary

    il pane
    il latte scremato
    il yoghurt
    il formaggio
    la melanzana
    le carote
    le patate
    le mele
    le arance
    i fiammiferi
    la carta igienica

    Phrases

    1. Piacere di consoscerla/ti/vi
    2. Buona giornata
    3. Figurati
    4. A dopo, ci vediamo, arrivederci
    5. Ti va un bel cafe?

    Phrases in English

    1. Not at all! Don’t mention it!
    2.
    3.Better not to think about it.
    4. I’ll sort out the cleaning.
    5. You’ve really lost your marbles (become stupid), haven’t you?

    Grammar

    1. Ieri sono dovuto/a andare a Bologna
    2. La settimana scorsa ho dovuto finire di imbiancare la casa.
    3. Ce la fai a portarmi quella scaletta?
    4. La salita era molta ripida, ma alla fine ce l’abbiamo fatta.
    5. Pensavo che tu avessi gia` dato da mangiare al gatto
    6. Se io avessi saputo che eri a casa sarei venuto/a da te


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