Quiz

HAVE YOU BEEN PAYING ATTENTION? Taking notes? Doing your homework?

Here’s a little quiz – fätäna in Amharic – about Ethiopian food. You’ll find all of the answers among the posts on my site, and with each question, I’ve provided a link to the post with the answer to that question. You can also find the answers below the photo that follows the questions.

I’ll add new questions to the quiz as the site expands and I add more posts. That’s why I’ve numbered the questions upside down – so I can add new ones at the end, which is actually the beginning. And by the way, you can find all of the answers, and much more, in my book, Mesob Across America: Ethiopian Food in the U.S.A.

The Ethiopian Food Quiz

35. Tolo-Tolo Wot is the country’s first line of frozen Ethiopian food. What does tolo mean? Find the answer here.

A. Easy
B. Delicious
C. Quick
D. Healthy

34. What is senafitch? Find the answer here.

A. Ethiopian simmer sauce
B. Ethiopian mustard
C. A green leafy vegetable
D. A type of Ethiopian bread

33. What is the name for a porridge-like Ethiopian dish that’s similar to the west African dish fufu? Find the answer here.

A. Genfo
B. Bula
C. Merek
D. Shorba

32. Which of the following is not the name for a raw meat dish eaten in Ethiopia? Find the answer here.

A. Gored gored
B. Kitfo
C. Tere Siga
D. Minchet Abish

31. Which of the following is not a traditional accompaniment for kitfo? Find the answer here.

A. Gomen
B. Qocho
C. Inguday
D. Ayib

30. Which of the following is not a way to request that your kitfo be prepared? Find the answer here.

A. Tere
B. Timkat
C. Lebleb
D. Yebesele

29. It’s an Ethiopian custom at a meal to feed one another: One person grabs some food with injera and puts it in someone’s mouth, and then the other person returns the favor. What is this ritual called? Find the answer here.

A. Efegn
B. Qwanqwa
C. Wandoch
D. Gursha

28. When Ethiopians drink t’ej or t’alla, they toast with a word that means “to our health.” What is that word? Find the answer here.

A. Algebanyem
B. Letenachin
C. Bunakala
D. Ameusegenalehu

27. Which of the following is not a word in a language of Ethiopia for the large round hotplate on which injera is baked? Find the answer here.

A. Eelee
B. Mogogo
C. Menkeshkesh
D. Mitad

26. Which of the following is not a variety of teff used to make injera? Find the answer here.

A. Magna
B. Tikur
C. Kay
D. Bicha

25. If you lightly toast some injera in a skillet, then smear it with melted kibe spiced with mitmita, what dish do you have? Find the answer here.

A. Dirkosh
B. Chechebsa
C. Kategna
D. Dabo Kolo

24. What is the name of the Ethiopian dish made from chick pea flour, onions, jalapeño, lemon juice, ginger and a touch of turmeric? Find the answer here.

A. Butecha
B. Azifa
C. Ful
D. Shiro

23. Which of the following is not a word for honey wine in one of the languages of Ethiopia? Find the answer here.

A. Xoronko
B. Mes
C. Ogool
D. Weya

22. The first Ethiopian restaurant in Washington, D.C., opened in 1978. What was it called? Find the answer here.

A. Meskerem
B. Mamma Desta
C. Addis Ababa
D. Blue Nile

21. The first Ethiopian restaurant in New York City opened in 1979. What was it called? Find the answer here.

A. Sheba
B. Red Sea
C. Fasika
D. Awash

20. Which of the following is not a word for a spicy stew in one of the languages of Ethiopia? Find the answer here.

A. Zinjibil
B. Zigni
C. Wot
D. Kochee

19. Which of the following is not a word for fried meat in one of the languages of Ethiopia? Find the answer here.

A. Tibs
B. Waaddii
C. Karya
D. Kulwa

18. Which of the following is not a word for homemade beer in one of the languages of Ethiopia? Find the answer here.

A. Katikala
B. Farso
C. Suwa
D. T’alla

17. Which of the following is not a brand of wine made in Ethiopia and imported to the United States? Find the answer here.

A. Dukam
B. Kemila
C. Axumit
D. Buraka

16. Famous Ethiopian emperors often lend their names to Ethiopian restaurants. Which of the following is not the name of a famous Ethiopian emperor? Find the answer here.

A. Fasilides
B. Rasselas
C. Menelik
D. Lalibela

15. What popular Ethiopian restaurant name is also the name of the first month of the Ethiopian calendar? Find the answer here.

A. Meskel
B. Shebele
C. Meskerem
D. Dessie

14. Which of the following states has never had a restaurant that serves Ethiopian or Eritrean cuisine? Find the answer here.

A. Hawaii
B. Alaska
C. Maine
D. Utah

13. What is the name for the roasted barley snack often eaten at an Ethiopian coffee ceremony? Find the answer here.

A. Koso
B. Kolo
C. Kosoret
D. Komtata

12. Which of the following is not a word for a combination platter in one of the languages of Ethiopia? Find the answer here.

A. Hiwswas
B. Beyaynetu
C. Walmaka
D. Mehaberawa

11. If an Ethiopian restaurant offers nine different vegetarian dishes, and you can select a combo platter with any four of them, how many different four-dish combinations can you make? Unless you’re a mathematician, you’ll need to read the post and do the (very simple) math! Find the answer here.

A. 256
B. 144
C. 126
D. 36

10. What culture contributed ambasha to the Ethiopian table? Find the answer here.

A. Oromo
B. Gurage
C. Tigrayan
D. Somali

9. What culture contributed chechebsa to the Ethiopian table? Find the answer here.

E. Oromo
F. Gurage
G. Tigrayan
H. Somali

8. Who wrote the first book about a European’s visit to Ethiopia? Find the answer here.

A. Job Ludolphus
B. James Bruce
C. Francisco Alvares
D. Henry Dufton

7. What does the Amharic word ferenj mean? Find the answer here.

A. Food
B. Foreigner
C. House
D. Bread

6. Which of the following cities does not have an Ethiopian food cart? Find the answer here.

A. Chicago
B. Washington, D.C.
C. Madison, Wis.
D. Portland, Ore.

5. Which of the following is not a type of Ethiopian coffee? Find the answer here.

A. Yirgacheffe
B. Harar
C. Sidamo
D. Jebena

4. Ethiopians use a plant called gesho, a species of buckthorn, to ferment and flavor t’ej (honey wine). Gesho comes in three different forms: the stick of the plant, the dried leaves of the plant, and the leaves turned into a fine powder. Which of the following is not the Amharic word for one of these forms of gesho? Find the answer here.

A. Inchet
B. Duket
C. Helbet
D. Kitel

3. Which of the following is not a brand of beer made in Ethiopia and imported to the United States? Find the answer here.

A. Meta
B. Bedele
C. Addis
D. Dashen

2. Many cultures in Ethiopia use the enset plant, sometimes called the “false banana,” as a food source. Which of the following foods is not made from enset? Find the answer here.

A. Tegamino
B. Qocho
C. Amicho
D. Bula

1. In 1966, Beyene Guililat opened the country’s first Ethiopian restaurant. In what city did he open it? Find the answer here.

A. Washington, D.C.
B. Long Beach, Calif.
C. Seattle, Wash.
D. Atlanta, Ga.

Answers are below the photo.

Qocho on an enset leaf

Answers

1: B. Many Ethiopians mistakenly believe Washington, D.C., was the home of the country’s first Ethiopian restaurant.

2: A. Tegamino is a type of shiro (pea powder stew).

3: C. Addis Beer is made in America by Araya Yibrehu, an Ethiopian businessman who also makes several varieties of t’ej.

4: C. Helbet is powdered fava beans.

5: D. A jebena is an Ethiopian coffee pot.

6: A. Madison’s food cart is the oldest in the country.

7: B. The word refers to all foreigners, but especially to Anglo-Europeans.

8: C. Alvares was a Portuguese priest who went with a mission to Ethiopia in the 16th Century.

9: A. Chechebsa is small piece of fried wheat dough soaked in kibe and spiced with berbere.

10: C. Ambasha is a traditional leavened wheat bread.

11: C. Multiply 9 x 8 x 7 x 6 (3,024). Now, multiply 4 x 3 x 2 (24). Finally, divide 3,024 by 24 to get 126.

12: D. Hiwswas is Tigrinya, beyaynetu is Amharic, walmaka is Afaan Oromo.

13: B.

14: D. Alaska no longer has one, but it did for a few months in 2007.

15: C.

16: B. Rasselas is the name of a fictional Ethiopian emperor in a 1759 novella by Samuel Johnson.

17: D.

18: A. Farso is Afaan Oromo, suwa is Tigrinya, and t’alla is Amharic. Katikala is a type of Ethiopian fermented liquor.

19: C. Tibs is Amharic, waaddii is Afaan Oromo and kulwa is Tigrinya. Karya is the Amharic word for a jalapeño pepper.

20: A. Zigni is Tigrinya, wot is Amharic and kochee is Afaan Oromo. Zinjibil is the Amharic word for ginger.

21: A.

22: B.

23: D. Xoronko is the Tsamai word, mes is the Tigrinya word and ogool is the Anuak and Majang word. Weya is the Gurage word for honey.

24: A.

25: C.

26: D.

27. C. Eelee is Afaan Oromo, mogogo is Tigrinya and mitad is Amharic. A menkeshkesh is the Tigrinya word for a device in which coffee beans are roasted. The Amharic word for it is biret mitad.

28. B. Algebanyem means “I do not understand,” bunakala is a beverage made with coffee, and ameusegenalehu means “thank you.” All of these words are in Amharic.

29. D. The word literally means “mouthful.” Efegn means “handful,” qwanqwa means “language” and wandoch means “men.”

30. B. Tere is raw, lebleb is slightly cooked and yebesele is fully cooked. Timkat is an Ethiopian Christian name for the holiday we know as Epiphany.

31. C. Inguday. This mushroom dish is delicious, but it’s not a must with kitfo.

32. D. Minchet Abish. This is a dish of finely chopped beef simmered in spices and berbere.

33. A.

34. B.

35. C.

Harry Kloman
University of Pittsburgh

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Kay Kemp
    Aug 27, 2011 @ 01:11:21

    It has been some while but I did get more than a few right but I learned A LOT more.My memories are rich and precious…..you have enhanced them beyond description…..ama sega nalo!(at least that is MY interpretation but I am a ferenj!)
    xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo Kay

    Reply

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