Geography Quiz Questions
Quiz Round 01
- The name of which European capital city means ‘merchants’ harbour’?
- Travelling from London to Liverpool by rail, from which station would you normally depart?
- What name is generally given to the single landmass that divided to form the modern continent?
- What is the state capital of Pennsylvania?
- Which is the largest county in Ireland?
- Which is the largest English county?
- Which is the longest river in the world?
- To the nearest hundred, how many islands make up the Hebrides?
- The Isis is the upper stretch of which English river?
- Which country owns the Galapagos Islands?
Quiz Round 02
- Vilnius is the capital of which country?
- Behind Greenland, what is the largest island in the world? (Australia not considered an island)
- Which of the following countries does not have the equator passing through it? a) Brazil, b) Kenya or c) Papua New Guinea?
Papua New Guinea
- What is the largest landlocked country in the world?
- Which river flows through Chester?
- What is the second longest river in the world?
- By what name are the islands of ‘Las Malvinas’ more commonly known?
The Falkland Islands
- What are the only two countries that begin with the letter ‘A’ but do not end with an ‘A’?
Afghanistan & Azerbaijan
- Zanzibar is an island region of which mainland country?
- The Khyber Pass links which two countries?
Pakistan & Afghanistan
Quiz Round 03
- How many countries border Belgium?
4 (France, Holland, Germany, Luxembourg)
- Which country rules over the Faroe Islands?
- Across which river was the Hoover Dam built?
- What is the US state capital of Texas?
- In which body of water would you find the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of any ocean?
- Minsk is the capital of which country?
- Tallinn is the capital of which country?
- There are two countries in the world that have a dragon on their national flag. Wales is obviously one, but what is the other?
- How many Federated states make up Australia? (excl. territories)
- In which European country is Dalmatia, from where the Dalmatian dog gets its name?
Quiz Round 04
- What is the only American state that begins with an A but doesn’t end with one?
- What is the capital of Morocco?
- Behind Russia, what is the largest country in Europe?
- The Suez Canal connects which two bodies of water?
Mediterranean and Red Sea
- What is the highest mountain in North America?
McKinley (Dinali) in Alaska
- Lanzarote is part of which island group?
- How many countries border India? (excluding Afghanistan, which the India government considers to be a bordering country, despite the Pakistan administered territory of Kashmir bordering India)
6 (Pakistan, China, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar)
- What is significant about the Devon coastal town of Westward Ho!?
Has exclamation mark.
- In which country would you find Timbuktu?
- In which country is the city of Mecca?
Quiz Round 05
- Behind the Nile and the Amazon, what is the third longest river in the world?
- How many America states begin with the letter ‘O’?
3 – Oklahoma, Ohio, Oregon
- How many America states begin with the letter ‘M’?
8 – Mississippi, Massachusetts, Maine, Montana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri
- By what name is Ayers Rock officially known?
- How many stars appear on the national flag of New Zealand?
- What is the capital of Pakistan?
- What river runs through Glasgow?
- How many countries/sovereign states are there in South America (as defined by the UN and excluding dependent states)? (within 5)
- How many countries/sovereign states are there in Africa (as defined by the UN and excluding dependent states)? (within 5)
- How many countries/sovereign states are there in Europe (as defined by the UN and excluding dependent states – excludes Vatican City)? (within 5)
Quiz Round 06
- How many countries/sovereign states are there in North America (as defined by the UN and excluding dependent states)? (within 5)
- How many countries/sovereign states are there in Asia (as defined by the UN and excluding dependent states)? (within 5)
- How many countries/sovereign states are there in Oceania/Australasia (as defined by the UN and excluding dependent states)? (within 5)
- How many countries/sovereign states are there in the world (as defined by the UN and excluding dependent states – excludes Vatican City/Kosovo)? (within 5)
- Which continent contains the most countries (as defined by the UN)?
- What is the most northerly capital city in Europe?
- Copacabana Beach can be found in which city?
Rio de Janeiro
- On which river does Dublin stand?
- The peak of the mountain K2 is in which country?
- What is the only country in the world beginning with the letter ‘O’?
Quiz Round 07
- What stretch of water separates North America from Asia?
- What modern-day capital city is built on the site of ancient Carthage?
- Which country has the world’s longest coastline?
- By area, which is the second largest of the US states?
Texas (first being Alaska)
- What is the largest island in the Mediterranean?
- What island near Hong Kong is famous for gambling and motor racing?
- Name one of the two landlocked countries in South America
Bolivia and Paraguay
- Ulaanbaatar is the capital of which country?
- If you were to be going to the city of Agra, what is likely to be on the top of your ‘places to see’ list?
- The reference lines on a globe which circle the Earth parallel to the equator are lines of what?
Quiz Round 08
- As what do we better know Lake Tiberias?
Sea of Galilee / Lake Galilee
- What is the capital of Oman?
- Where would you be arriving if your plane landed at Changi Airport?
- There are four time zones in the US – Eastern, Central, Pacific and which other?
- Which two countries share the honour of having the most borders with other countries?
China & Russia (14)
- Which mountain range spans northern Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia?
- What is the world’s most southerly capital city?
- What country had the Roman name Hibernia?
- Which country’s national flag has the most colours?
South Africa (6 – red, blue, green, white, black and gold)
- What is the name of the fault that causes the earthquakes around San Francisco?
Quiz Round 09
- What is the largest lake in the Great Britain (by volume)?
Loch Ness (contains more freshwater than all the lakes in England and Wales combined)
- How many degrees apart are two lines of longitude which determine a time zone?
15 = (360/24)
- What is the only English speaking country in South American?
- Which two capital cities stand at the mouth of the River Plate?
Buenos Airies and Montevideo
- In which country is the Gallipoli peninsula?
- On which river does the city of Belfast stand?
- How many US states are preceded by the word New?
4 (New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New Mexico)
- What is the capital city of Colombia?
- What is the most populated of the US states?
California (c.36m vs. Texas c.24m)
- What is the name of the bay that lies between Norfolk and Lincolnshire?
Quiz Round 10
- Name the city founded by Arabs around AD 625 which, with a population of over 6 million, is the largest city on the African continent
- What is the name given to people inhabiting central north Spain and the extreme southwest of France?
- Which European was the first to discover the Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River in November of 1855?
- Name three of the only four US states whose names contain the letters “U”, “S” and “A”?
Louisiana, Massachusetts, South Carolina and South Dakota (Washington DC is not a state)
- What is the longest river in Europe?
Volga (3692km, 2294m & 15th longest in the world)
- What is the name given to the deepest part of the Pacific Ocean?
- Which Channel Island is famous for having no cars?
- Which island nation was formerly known as Formosa?
- Which other country apart from the Vatican City is completely surrounded by Italy?
- What mountain range spans Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia?
Quiz Round 11
- Which Copenhagen amusement park is one of the oldest in the world?
- Brunei is a kingdom situated on which island?
- Which of these three cities lies the furthest south?
Toronto, Bordeaux or Budapest? Toronto
- La Place de la Concorde is at one end of the Champs Elysees in Paris. What lies at the other end?
L’Arc de Triomphe
- In what modern day country would you find Chernobyl – site of the 1986 nuclear disaster?
- Of which African country is Ouagadougou the capital? a) Mauritania b) Somalia or c) Burkina Faso
- The Palk Strait separates which two Asian countries?
Sri Lanka & India
- How many consonants are there in Kyrgyzstan?
- What is the only major river that has large sections of its river basin both north and south of the equator?
- What is the county town of Essex?
Quiz Round 12
- According to NASA, National Geographic and many other publications, the driest and most desiccated part of the planet is the Atacama Desert in Chile. Spell ‘desiccated’.
- How many countries have an Atlantic and a Mediterranean coastline?
- What is the longest river in Scotland?
- What is the only country that is crossed by both the equator and the Tropic of Capricorn?
- In which British city is Lime Street railway station?
- To the nearest 10%, what percentage of the world’s surface is land? A) 20% b) 30% c) 40%
30% (29% exactly)
- To the nearest 25m, what is the population of Japan?
125m (actual c.128m)
- Which country’s flag is a horizontal tricolour, with red at the top and black at the bottom, and has a middle white strip containing a gold eagle, representing the Eagle of Saladin.
- What is the largest island in Europe?
Great Britain (not UK as this includes NI)
- What did British Honduras change its name to in 1973?
Quiz Round 13
- What is the name of the square in front of the palace of Westminster?
- Which is the largest of the Caribbean islands?
- To which country does the island of Madeira belong?
- On which sea does Croatia stand?
- Through how many of South Africa’s 12 countries does the Amazon flow? a) 2 b) 5 c) 7
- What colour are the stars on the New Zealand flag?
Red (with white border)
- If the Greenwich meridian is at zero degrees, what is at 180 degrees?
The International Date Line
- Where would I be travelling to in Wales if I followed signs for Abertawe?
- Greenwich Meantime is no longer precisely defined by the scientific community. What is now the primary time standard by which the world regulates clocks and time?
Coordinated Universal Time (UTC/CUT)
- How many degrees from the Greenwich Meridien is the International Date Line?
Quiz Round 14
- What is the modern name for the country that was once called Abyssinia?
- Which US state would come last alphabetically?
- Into which body of water does the Nile flow?
- Name one of the two London boroughs that begin with the letter ‘E’?
Ealing and Enfield
- The Grand Canyon is located in which state?
- To within 5 million, what is the current population of Portugal?
- To within 10%, what percentage of the Earth’s surface is land?
- Which city is 88 miles from Birmingham, 71 miles from York and 43 miles from Leeds?
- What motorway connects Glasgow and Edinburgh?
- What is the only country that Denmark borders?
Quiz Round 15
- In which ocean would you be if you were at the geographical position 0 degrees latitude and 0 degrees longitude?
- The White Nile and the Blue Nile converge in the capital of which country?
Republic of Sudan / North Sudan
- The River Nile flows predominantly through which country?
Republic of Sudan / North Sudan
- In which county is Bishop Auckland?
- Name either of the 2 cities that lie each end of Route 66 in the US?
Chicago / Los Angeles
- In which city would you find the Spanish Steps?
- Which is the largest country in the world with a four letter name?
- In what US state would you find Death Valley?
- In which European country are the states called Cantons?
- What is the bleak and arid portion of South Argentina called?
Quiz Round 16
- In what country would you be if you were on the tip of the Horn of Africa?
- Excluding Antarctica, which continent extends the furthest south (mainland)?
- What is created when the loop of a meander of a river is cut off and the river diverted on a different course?
- In what country would you find Hudson Bay?
- Which two countries form the coastline of the Bay of Biscay?
France & Spain
- Which country has the only active volcano in mainland Europe?
- If you travel due east from New York City, which country do you reach first?
- The equator passes through only one Asian country – which one?
- Victoria Falls stand on which African river?
- In which city are the Petronas Towers?
Quiz Round 17
- Which islands north of the UK are an autonomous region of Denmark?
- What is the only country to have its map on its national flag?
- What is the former name of Sri Lanka?
- Name 2 of the 4 countries that contain just one vowel
Egypt, Chad, Cyprus, Kyrgyzstan
- Which is colder on average – the north or South Pole?
South Pole (much higher, and mostly on land)
- How many states make up the United Arab Emirates?
7 (Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al-Quwain)
- Which is the shortest crossing (land only, not including ice): a) Spain to Gibraltar (Straight of Gibraltar); b) Dover to Calais (Straight of Dover); or c) Russia to US (across Bering Straight)?
a) 9m (vs. 21m and 51m respectively)
- Excluding Russia, what is the most populated country in Europe?
- Palatine, Capitoline, Esquiline, Caelia, Aventine, Viminal and Quirnal are more commonly known as what?
Seven Hills of Rome
- By surface area, what is the world’s largest enclosed inland body of water?