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Can You Answer These Real Jeopardy! Questions About Geography?

Do you consider yourself a worldly whiz when it comes to geography trivia? We curated a pop quiz of an assortment of geography questions from the Jeopardy! archives to see if you are a world class geography genius. Good luck!

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Clue #1

The city of Chiang Mai in this country is home to Baan Chang Elephant Park.

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Elephant trekking through jungle in northern Thailand
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Answer: What is Thailand?

The Baan Chang Elephant Park is a family-run eco-park where every elephant is considered a member of the family with its own name and personality. This question aired November 22, 2013.

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Clue #2

This Alabama city, the first Confederate capital, has a Jefferson Davis High.

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Answer: What is Montgomery?

The crest of Montgomery is a six-pointed star that contains the words “Cradle of the Confederacy,” Birth Place of the Civil Rights Movement” and “City of Montgomery.” This question aired on February 5, 2013. See if you know these tricky Jeopardy! questions about words.

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Clue #3

Wyoming’s largest lake, it lies right in the middle of a national park.

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Scenic view at Lake Yellowstone with pine trees along the bank, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA.

Answer: What is Yellowstone Lake?

Yellowstone Lake, the subject of this September 13, 2001 question, is the largest lake at high elevation in North America, however, Lake Tahoe is larger at a lower elevation. Learn about 15 more of the most naturally colorful places on the planet to ace your next trivia game.

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Clue #4

Auckland, the chief port city of this country, was once its capital.

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View from Mt Victoria, Wellington, New Zealand
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Answer: What is New Zealand?

Today, the capital of New Zealand is Wellington which has a population of 395,600. This question aired on November 11, 1994.

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Clue #5

“Harlem,” sometimes called “A Dream Deferred,” is probably the most famous poem by this man.

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Answer: Who is Langston Hughes

Tournament of Champions winner James Holzhauer wagered $11,022 on this Daily Double, one of his signature odd and personal number bets on May 27, 2019. Answering it correctly helped cement his run as one of the top winning Jeopardy! players ever.

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Clue #6

Number of states that touch the Pacific Ocean.

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Hawaii map part of a world globe

Answer: What is five?

The states are Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington. (If this question seems easy, it’s because it aired back on December 28, 1984.) Find out the answers to 30 geography questions everyone gets wrong.

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Clue #7

This capital that shares its name with its country lies about 12 miles inland from Italy’s Adriatic coast.

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Answer: What is San Marino?

San Marino, the answer to this July 24, 2017 question, is one of the world’s tiniest and oldest republics that you never knew existed. It’s not technically Italy, however, a day trip from Florence or Bologna is a breeze.

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Clue #8

The King James Bible refers to it as the Salt Sea.

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Answer: What is the Dead Sea?

The Dead Sea is the lowest point on Earth at 1,412 feet below sea level as the contestants on January 26, 2012, may have known. Extra credit: Israel is its neighbor to the East and Jordan to the West. Try to answer the toughest dictionary from Jeopardy!

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Clue #9

In 2006-07, the only undefeated team in Division 1-A was from this capital city, the “Crossroads of the Oregon Trail.”

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Downtown Boise Idaho skyline from the street
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Answer: What is Boise?

Don’t feel bad if you got this answer to the question that aired on May 13, 2008 incorrect. Football is one of the Jeopardy! categories that stump the most contestants.

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Clue #10

Not far from the resort of Cancun, the islands of Cozumel & Mujeres lie off the northeast tip of this peninsula.

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Ruins of Tulum, Mexico overlooking the Caribbean Sea in the Riviera Maya
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Answer: What is the Yucatán?

North America’s largest indigenous population, the Mayans, call the Yucatán Peninsula home. This question aired on June 13, 2019.

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Clue #11

Come visit Mongo /Not far from the Congo /Tibesti mountains are not that bad /Yes, we’re talking, talking ’bout…

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Panoramic view to Teli lake group of Ounianga Serir lakes , Ennedi, Chad
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Answer: What is Chad?

Chad, the answer to this June 1, 2016 question, is a land-locked country in North Central Africa. It is the fifth largest country on the continent.

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Clue #12

The smallest and shallowest of the world’s five oceans is this one.

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Arctic Icebergs on Arctic Ocean in Greenland

Answer: What is the Arctic?

The five oceans of the world are the Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, the Southern Ocean, and the Arctic Ocean, the answer to this November 22, 2013 question. Sea lovers will want to learn these 13 amazing trivia facts about the world’s oceans.

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Clue #13

Every little breeze seems to whisper this Alberta lake, so named to honor the daughter of Queen Victoria.

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Beautiful autumn views of iconic Lake Louise in Banff National Park in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta Canada

Answer: What is (Lake) Louise?

It was recently reported that when Princess Louise died in 1939 she left an unpaid cigarette bill. This question aired on March 12, 2018.

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Clue #14

The green spaces of “Parks and Recreation” can be found in fictional Pawnee in this real Midwestern state.

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Answer: What is Indiana?

Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Amy Poehler stars in the hit comedy show that was quizzed about on May 12, 2009.

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Clue #15

Corsica and this Italian island are packed so close together they’re only about seven miles apart.

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Aerial view of a boat in front of the Mortorio island in Sardinia. Amazing beach with a turquoise and transparent sea. Emerald Coast, Sardinia, Italy.
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Answer: What is Sardinia?

Much of Sardinia’s tillable land is devoted to growing fruit and cultivating cereal. This question aired on March 12, 2004.

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Clue #16

This Argentine region’s name is Spanish for “big feet,” perhaps because Spaniards saw Indians who wore large boots.

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Fitz Roy MountainPatagonia
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Answer: What is Patagonia?

Was this May 8, 2002 question too tough? Try these Geography 101 questions that should be easier to answer.

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Clue #17

Hamlet’s father, the king of Denmark, killed Fortinbras’ father, king of this nearby country.

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Big reindeer with antlers in the foreground of a scenic mountain view in the Norwegian highlands

Answer: What is Norway?

This question aired on October 21, 1999.

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Clue #18

Ronald Reagan played George Armstrong Custer in the Errol Flynn film named for this New Mexico Trail.

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the santa fe trail
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Answer: What is the Santa Fe Trail?

Other movie icons that played in the film that was the subject of this February 26, 1998 question included Errol Flynn, Olivia de Haviland, and Raymond Massey.

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Clue #19

Less than 5,000 square miles in area, the Gambia is the smallest independent mainland country on this continent.

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Africa old map. Created by Frederick Herman Moll, published in London, 1710

Answer: What is Africa?

This question aired on May 29, 1997.

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Clue #20

The name of this smallest South American country can be spelled with or without an e.

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The synagogue Neve Shalom and the Mosque 'Keizerstraat' in Paramaribo, Suriname, South-America
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Answer: What is Suriname?

Suriname, which gained its independence on November 25, 1975, was formerly known as Dutch Guiana. It was the subject of this question on March 26, 1996. Ready for a real challenge? Try to guess the answer to these 14 Final Jeopardy! questions everyone got wrong.

Stacey Marcus
Stacey is a writer for top regional and national outlets covering trivia, quotes, and Jeopardy. She's been published in Boston Magazine, Boston Common Magazine, Mental Floss, New England Living, and Playboy.com.
A New England native, she's an expert in all things East Coast and has traveled extensively to cover destinations for travel outlets.