Grab a pencil, sharpen your brain. It's time for the Travel section's annual geography quiz. If you're new to this, here's the deal: We didn't go out of our way to make this difficult...

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Grab a pencil, sharpen your brain. It’s time for the Travel section’s annual geography quiz.

If you’re new to this, here’s the deal: We didn’t go out of our way to make this difficult. Not really. Many questions were adapted from this year’s National Geography Bee, sponsored by the National Geographic Society. Others came from travel writers and teachers.

If you get stumped, look for answers in an almanac or atlas or on the Internet. Or ask a smart kid.

Good luck. Enjoy the quiz and your travels, wherever they take you.

International views

Write down your answer:

1. Wildlife attracts tourists to the Serengeti National Park in which African country?

2. Which continent produces the largest amount of coffee?

3. Buddhism and Christianity are among the religions that originated on which continent?


1. Identify the image or action in the photograph. Five pictures in the story need identification.

4. Tropical rain forests are found on every continent except Antarctica and which other continent?

5. Mount Kosciusko is the highest point and Lake Eyre the lowest point on which continent?

6. What currency is used by the European Union?

7. What is Ukraine’s most populous city?

8. Casablanca is the chief Atlantic coast port of which North African country?

9. Australia and New Zealand are two of the world’s leading producers of what textile fiber?

10. Belmopan is the capital of which Central American country?

11. The Ryukyu Islands, located northeast of Taiwan, are part of which country?

12. Which country on the island of Borneo is separated into two parts by Malaysia?

13. Which Baltic country is separated from Finland by the Gulf of Finland?

14. The small country of Luxembourg borders France, Germany and which other country?

15. Maracaibo is a processing center for much of the oil exported by which country?

16. Manama is an important seaport and financial center of what Persian Gulf country?


2. Identify the image or action in the photograph.

17. China and which Southeast Asia country border the Gulf of Tonkin?

18. Which Middle East country’s parliament is known as the Knesset?

19. Hecate Strait lies between which islands and the British Columbia mainland?

20. Haiku is a form of poetry that was developed in which country?

Sounds of place

Circle the correct answer:

1. If someone greeted you with “Aloha,” where would you be?

A. Japan.
B. Tahiti.
C. Hawaii.
D. Brazil.

2. If you heard “Silent Night” sung in its original language, you would be listening to it in what language?

A. German.
B. Italian.
C. Spanish.
D. Norwegian.

3. The accordion-driven dance music of the Creole people of southern Louisiana is called?

A. Blues.
B. Zydeco.
C. Swing.
D. Tango.


3. Identify the image or action in the photograph.

4. If you heard the bugle of a whooping crane, which state would you most likely be in?

A. New Jersey.
B. Vermont.
C. Wisconsin.
D. Hawaii.

5. If you heard jeepneys on the street while listening to people speaking Tagalog, in which city would you be?

A. London.
B. Manila.
C. Mexico City.
D. Bangkok?

6. “Smoke that thunders” refers to the sound of what African natural feature on the Zambezi River?

A. Victoria Falls.
B. Mount Kilimanjaro.
C. Great Rift Valley.
D. Okavango Delta.

7. If you heard the sound of cable cars and foghorns, in which city would you be?

A. Paris.
B. Pittsburgh.
C. Buenos Aires.
D. San Francisco.

8. In which country would you hear a kookaburra in its natural habitat?

A. Denmark.
B . Peru.
C. Australia.
D. Egypt.

9. Listening to Strauss’ “Blue Danube” would make you think of which city?

A. Moscow.
B. Vienna.
C. Frankfurt.
D. Prague.

10. If you were relaxing on a beach listening to a steel drum band, you probably would be on which island?

A. Kauai.
B. Malta.
C. Jamaica.
D. Mull.

Middle East match

Match each city with its country below:


4. Identify the image or action in the photograph.


1. Haifa

2. Aleppo

3. Amman

4. Basra

5. Esfahan

6. Riyadh

7. Sana

8. Muscat

9. Doha

10. Beirut


A. Qatar

B. Iran

C. Lebanon

D. Israel

E. Syria

F. Iraq

G. Saudi Arabia

H. Yemen

I. Jordan

J. Oman

Multiple choice

Circle your answer:

1. Most people in Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt live close to which body of water?

A. Red Sea.
B. Nile River.
C. Mediterranean Sea.
D. Adriatic Sea.

2. Which country in Latin America has the largest gross national product?

A. Brazil.
B. Argentina.
C. Chile.
D. Mexico.

3. Before the American Revolution, many plantations in the Southeastern U.S. grew what plant used to make blue dye?

A. Indigo.
B. Cotton.
C. Flax.
D. Corn.

4. A group of islands called the Cyclades is a popular tourist destination in which Mediterranean country?

A. Italy.
B. Greece.
C. France.
D. Spain.

5. Pashto-speaking herders raise sheep and goats in the northwest frontier province of which country?

A. Afghanistan.
B. Bangladesh.
C. Pakistan.
D. Nepal.

6. Which country in the Greater Antilles is one of the world’s leading producers of bauxite?

A. Jamaica.
B. Cuba.
C. Dominican Republic.
D. Puerto Rico.

7. Which city in India is home to the Taj Mahal?

A. New Delhi.
B. Jaipur.
C. Bombay.
D. Agra.


5. Identify the image or action in the photograph.

8. In which city will you find “Cloud Gate,” a huge bean-shaped stainless steel sculpture by Anish Kapoor?

A. Philadelphia.
B. Los Angeles.
C. New York.
D. Chicago.

9. Hoover Dam, located on the Arizona-Nevada border, forms a large reservoir on which river?

A. Platte River.
B. Missouri River.
C. Colorado River.
D. Salmon River.

10. To which state would you travel to visit the historic neighboring homes of writers Harriet Beecher Stowe and Samuel Clemens?

A. Connecticut.
B. Missouri.
C. Vermont.
D. Georgia.

True or false

Circle your answer:

1. Brussels is north of Amsterdam. T F

2. The British colony of the Falkland Islands was briefly occupied by Argentina. T F

3. Victoria is south of Vancouver, B.C. T F

4. The country of Andorra is located in the Pyrenees Mountains. T F

5. Vladivostok, one terminus of the Trans-Siberian Railroad, is a principal port on the Atlantic Ocean. T F

6. The Pacific Crest Trail extends from Canada to Mexico. T F

7. The Great Barrier Reef is in the Indian Ocean. T F

8. The island of Jamaica is larger than Madagascar. T F

9. Tundra is a geographical feature found in regions that experience darkness 24 hours a day during parts of the year. T F

10. Norway is part of the European Union. T F

Physical focus

Write your answer:

1. What do you call the thin layer of gases surrounding the Earth that is the medium for weather and climate?

2. What is the name of the process that results in creation of icebergs when huge chunks of ice fall from glaciers?

3. What’s the term used when the equatorial waters of the Pacific Ocean become colder than usual?

4. What is the general term used for the percentage of water vapor in the atmosphere?

5. What do you call the remains of ancient plants and animals trapped in the sediment that are used in the form of coal, petroleum and natural gas?

6. What’s the name for a region that has little or no vegetation and averages less than 10 inches of precipitation a year?

7. The broadened seaward end or extension of a river where the saltwater tide meets the freshwater current is called what?

8. What is the word used for the sum of the conditions that surround and influence an organism?

9. What do you call a rotating tropical storm with winds of at least 74 mph when it forms over the Atlantic Ocean?

10. What’s the name used for the nearly complete arc of volcanoes that circles the Pacific Ocean?

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