Geography Quiz #1

  1. Apart from water, what runs through the mouth of the River Amazon and Lake Victoria?
  2. Which country had the world's tallest habitable building as at 2006?
  3. Which country was previously called Abyssinia?
  4. In which country is the Blarney Stone?
  5. What is the world's third largest sea?
  6. The largest policeman's beat (territory) in Europe is in which country?
  7. The cities of Cairo in Egypt and Fez in Morroco are generally accepted to have the world's oldest of what type of institution?
  8. Where would you find the Queen Alexandra, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Maud mountain ranges?
  9. The tenge is the basic monetary unit of which country?
  10. Which country at the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula was previously known as Aden?
  11. What language do the locals speak in Bogota?
  12. What's the most southerly city; Toronto, Seattle, Budapest or Bordeaux?
  13. LAR is the international vehicle registration of which country?
  14. Where are the North Yolla Bolly mountains?
  15. In which South American country is the Atacama desert?
  16. What is the capital of Qatar?
  17. Where can you find the first iron bridge ever built?
  18. Which is the least populated state in the USA?
  19. What and when is the biggest national celebration every year in Australia?
  20. Which country has the internet domain .me?
  21. What Central American country's name means 'many fish'?
  22. Which capital city has the highest population (as at 2006)?
  23. What is the largest country in the world?
  24. Who renamed the South Sea as the Pacific Ocean in 1520?
  25. What notable geographical feature is shared by Oxford, Reading, Windsor and London?

Geography Quiz #1 Answers

  1. Apart from water, what runs through the mouth of the River Amazon and Lake Victoria? The Equator
  2. Which country had the world's tallest habitable building as at 2006? Taiwan (called Taipei 101, it is 501 metres high with 101 stories. It was formerly called the Taipei World Financial Center, until 2003. The Burj Dubai building in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, surpassed this in 2007, and was subsequently renamed Burj Khalifa on opening in 2010.)
  3. Which country was previously called Abyssinia? Ethiopia
  4. In which country is the Blarney Stone? Ireland (or Eire) at Blarney Castle near Cork
  5. What is the world's third largest sea? Mediterranean
  6. The largest policeman's beat (territory) in Europe is in which country? Scotland (The beat is about 900 square miles, in Caithness and Sutherland, North West of Scotland. Based near Kinlochbervie, the police constable normally has about ten cases a year, of which the most notable in recent times was the Labour MP Robin Cook's death while he was hill walking. Thanks to Gordon Smith for these interesting extra details.)
  7. The cities of Cairo in Egypt and Fez in Morroco are generally accepted to have the oldest of what type of institution in the world? University
  8. Where would you find the Queen Alexandra, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Maud mountain ranges? Antarctica
  9. The tenge is the basic monetary unit of which country? Kazakhstan (1 tenge = 100 teims)
  10. Which country at the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula was previously known as Aden? Yemen
  11. What language do the locals speak in Bogota? Spanish (Bogota is the capital of Columbia)
  12. What's the most southerly city; Toronto, Seattle, Budapest or Bordeaux? Toronto
  13. LAR is the international vehicle registration of which country? Libya (Libyan Arab Republic)
  14. Where are the North Yolla Bolly mountains? USA, California
  15. In which South American country is the Atacama desert? Chile
  16. What is the capital of Qatar? Doha
  17. Where can you find the first iron bridge ever built? Ironbridge, near Telford in Shropshire, England
  18. Which is the least populated state in the USA? Wyoming
  19. What and when is the biggest national celebration every year in Australia? Australia Day, January 26th (based on the 1788 proclamation of British sovereignty at Sydney Cove over the eastern seaboard of Australia)
  20. Which country has the internet domain .me? Montenegro
  21. What Central American country's name means 'many fish'? Panama
  22. Which capital city has the highest population (as at 2006)? Tokyo (c. 34 million)
  23. What is the largest country in the world? Russia (c.17 million square kilometres)
  24. Who renamed the South Sea as the Pacific Ocean in 1520? Ferdinand Magellan (1480-1521, Portuguese explorer. Of the 270 men and five ships who sailed with Magellan on his three year exploration of the Pacific from 1519-22 fewer than 20 returned on a single surviving ship. Magellan was killed in the Philippines. And we think we have it tough in today's times..)
  25. What notable geographical feature is shared by Oxford, Reading, Windsor and London? The River Thames, the longest in England (N.B. the River Severn is slightly longer but given that much of the Severn is in Wales it is generally regarded as the longest in Britain, rather than England - ack T Smith for raising this point)


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