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15 National Geography Bee Questions Only Geniuses Will Get Right

How well do you know your world geography? Take a whack at these questions, culled from past National Geographic Bee competitions, and see how you measure up.

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Question 1

Which continent includes the Jutland and Iberian Peninsulas?

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Answer

Europe. We started with an easy one, but see if you can pass this geography 101 quiz next!

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Question 2

In 1971, the British government ended its protectorate in the Trucial States. These states form what present-day country on the Persian Gulf?

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Answer

The United Arab Emirates. Get that one too? Next, take this mensa quiz to find if you’re really a genius.

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Question 3

Sikkim, a region between Nepal and Bhutan, is part of what country?

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Answer 

India. If you’re acing this test, see if you can pass this elementary school math quiz.

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Question 4

The Sea of Azov borders Ukraine and what other country?

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Answer


Russia. If you got this one right, don’t miss the 25 toughest riddles ever.

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Question 5

People in the most populous Scandinavian country celebrate a festival of light called St. Lucia Day to mark the start of the Christmas season. Name this country.

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Answer 

Sweden. Brush up on the rest of your geography skills with these geography facts everyone always gets wrong.

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Question 6

Which capital city, located about 20 miles from the Adriatic Sea, is a major industrial center for Albania?

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Answer

Tirana. If you made it this far, give Einstein’s riddle a go and see if you can solve it.

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Question 7

Iqaluit, which means “place of fish,” is the biggest community on the largest island in the Arctic Archipelago. Name this island.

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Answer

Baffin Island. If you can find the missing word in this logic puzzle, you might be a genius.

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Question 8

Hiva Oa, one of the main islands in the Marquesas Islands, belongs to what European country?

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Answer

France. Now, can you figure out which state flag comes next in this puzzle?

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Question 9

Cenotes, or sinkholes, such as those found on the Yucatan Peninsula are associated with which rock—basalt or limestone?

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Answer 

Limestone. You might want to try this trivia quiz that only geniuses will get right if you got this one correct!

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Question 10

Because Earth bulges at the Equator, the point that is farthest from Earth’s center is the summit of a peak in Ecuador. Name this peak.

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Answer

Chimborazo. If you got that right, check out the rest of these science trivia facts everyone always gets wrong

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Question 11

A city on Baranof Island served as the principal town of Russian America until Alaska became a U.S. territory. Name this city.

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Answer

Sitka. Now, can you ace this state capitals quiz, or test your knowledge with these U.S. state facts?

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Question 12

Name the eastern-most national capital city in Central America

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Answer

Panama City. Brush up on your history with these history questions everyone always gets wrong.

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Question 13

Which city is more likely to have desert vegetation?

A. Phoenix

B. New Orleans

C. Denver

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Answer

A. Phoenix. Don’t miss these 15 fascinating facts about America you never knew.

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Question 14

Which city is located on Puget Sound?

A. Seattle

B. Portland

C. Sacramento

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Answer

A. Seattle. Check out these other U.S. trivia facts your history teacher never taught you.

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Question 15

Which state was the first to secede from the United States in the months leading up to the Civil War?

A. Nebraska

B. South Carolina

C. Maryland

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Answer

B. South Carolina. If you’re thirsty for more knowledge, be sure to check out these 100 facts about practically everything.

[Source: National Geographic Bee]