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Geography Quiz: Can You Pass Geography 101?

See if you can rock this test—without getting help from Google.

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 Q: What is the capital of Spain?

Hint: it’s not Barcelona.

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A: Madrid


Madrid is both the capital and the largest city in Spain, with a population of roughly 3.2 million people. This Mensa quiz will reveal if you’re a genius.

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Q: After Alaska, which U.S. state has the longest coastline?


Is it California? Hawaii?

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A: Florida


Florida’s coastline is about 1,350 miles long. Alaska’s coast, on the other hand, spans 6,640 miles. After taking this geography quiz, see if you can pass this elementary school math test.

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Q: What country is home to the tallest mountain in the world, Mount Everest?


Mount Everest is 29,029 feet tall. But do you know which country claims this world-famous landmark?

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A: Nepal


If you answered China or Tibet, you would also be correct. Mount Everest is technically located on the border between Nepal and Tibet, or what China considers an autonomous part of the People’s Republic of China. After you ace this geography quiz, can you solve 25 of the toughest riddles ever?

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What country has the largest population in the world?


Top contenders for the title include India, China, or the United States. But which one will walk away with the prize?

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A: China


At 1.4 billion people, China has the world’s largest population. India is close behind, with a population of 1.3 billion. Most people get these U.S. state facts wrong. Can you beat the odds? 

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q: What is the largest U.S. state by area?


Everything is bigger in Texas… But it’s not the biggest state in America. Can you guess which state is the largest?

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A: Alaska


Alaska’s total area is 663,268 square miles. If it were a country, it would rank 33rd out of 239 countries in the world. Test your knowledge of more U.S. state facts everyone gets wrong.

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What is the name of the highest uninterrupted waterfall in the world?


You might guess that Niagara Falls is the tallest waterfall in the world, right? Not so fast…

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A: Angel Falls


Located in Venezuela, Angel Falls is 3,211 feet tall and plunges 2,368 feet deep. Can you pass this quiz of 4th grade spelling words lots of adults get wrong?

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Name three U.S. states that have a coastline on the Gulf of Mexico.


For a harder challenge, see if you can list all five states.

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A: Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida


If you answered with at least three of these five states, congratulations! You are correct. See how you fare with these trivia questions only geniuses will get right.

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By area, what is the smallest country in the world?


Need a hint? It’s not an island!

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A: Vatican City


The world’s smallest country is the Vatican, also known as the Holy See. At just 0.44 square kilometers, the entire country can fit inside the Italian capital city of Rome.

Despite its size, Vatican City is known around the world. So are these famous skylines – see if you can guess them all.

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What is the capital city of Australia?


Nope, it’s not Sydney!

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A: Canberra


Believe it or not, Canberra—not Sydney!—is Australia’s largest inland city. For some more brain-bending puzzles, try out these detective riddles only the smartest people can solve.

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What is the only country that borders the United Kingdom?


The UK may be an island, but it still shares a border with a single country. Do you know which one?

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A: Ireland


While Northern Ireland is considered a part of the United Kingdom, it shares a border with the Republic of Ireland, which is considered an independent country. For more fascinating geography trivia, learn these 11 places on Earth that are still unmapped.

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In which country would you find the city of Dresden?


Spoiler alert: It’s in Europe!

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A: Germany


Germany may be famous for its beer festivals in Munich and its history in Berlin, but the city of Dresden has its own special charm. Around 4 million tourists visit this city’s celebrated art museums and gorgeous palaces each year. Give these word puzzles that will leave you stumped a try.

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What would you call someone from Sudan?


Sudanian? Sudani? Nope!

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A: Sudanese


A citizen of Sudan would be called “Sudanese.” Here are a few more geography facts you didn’t learn in school.

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What is the state capital of New York?


Oddly, it’s not New York City.

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A: Albany


Although New York City boasts the nation’s first capitol building, Albany that is the capital city of New York State. Don’t stop there—try out our full states and capitals quiz.

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Name a four-letter country in Africa


Bonus: See if you can name all three countries that have four letters.

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A: Chad, Mali, or Togo


If your answer contains any one of these three countries, you are correct. Even geography buffs might not know about these tiny countries you probably didn’t know existed.

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What are the Earth’s five oceans?


Around 70 percent of Earth’s surface is covered by these oceans.

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A: Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, Arctic, and Antarctic


Historically, the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, and Arctic Oceans were known as the world’s four major bodies of water. But many countries now recognize a fifth ocean: the Antarctic. If you want to up the geography challenge factor, take a whack at the toughest questions from the National Geographic Bee.

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Where is the largest volcano on Earth located?


It might not be where you expect!

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A: Hawaii


Mauna Loa, the world’s largest and one of its most active volcanoes, is one of the five volcanoes that formed the island of Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), it erupts once every six years, on average. Test your knowledge of the states with this quirky quiz: guess the state name given only the consonants (no vowels!).

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Which river flows through the Grand Canyon?


Hint, hint: It is named after one of the bordering states.

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A: Colorado River


The Colorado River spent five to six million years carving the Grand Canyon as we know it today. Next, sharpen your geography skills with these geography facts everyone gets wrong.