We Asked 5th Graders These Geography Questions, And They Aced Them. Who Else Can?

Geography is basically like memorizing a giant puzzle. There are so many pieces and each piece has so many details that it's hard to remember everything. Between land, water, flags, countries, continents and capital cities, who can remember all the names and locations? Who knows which ocean is where? Who can name the flags of certain countries? Who knows their capital cities? Who can tell the difference between southernmost and northernmost cities, of easternmost and westernmost states? Who knows how countries size up compared to each other? Who can name different land masses, bodies of water, regions continents or deserts? Who can remember high points and low points? The difference between longitude and latitude? Who knows their mountain ranges? Who can tell where a country is located in relation to others? This quiz will test all that knowledge.

If anyone wants to prove to yourself that they are knowledgeable about the world around them and worthy of a trip around the world, take this quiz and share it with your friends. Hey, if a fifth grader can do it, we all can! Right?

Question 1

Which country is this?

This country has one of the more famous shapes and is pretty easy to recognize in comparison with others. This South Asian country is the seventh largest country in terms of land mass, with a total area of over three million squared kilometers. It is also the second largest country in terms of population with a population of over 1.3 billion as of 2016. The country has over seven hundred spoken languages and has a mixed population of all the world's religions.

Question 2

Which is Scotland's second largest city?

Being the second most populated city in Scotland and the seventh most populated in the United Kingdom, this city has a population of approximately five hundred thousand people, with the largest city having a population of approximately six hundred thousand people. Outside London, this city has the strongest economy in all of the United Kingdom and also has the highest percentage of professionals in the UK. The city is a very popular tourist destination, especially in the month of August.

Question 3

What is Latin America's northernmost country?

Latin America is comprised of 26 countries that are Spanish, Portuguese, or French speaking. As of July of 2016, this country is not only the northernmost but also the second most populated of the countries of Latin America. It is a very large country with a very popular culture that has spread throughout the country as well as a large portion of the United States. Being a popular get-away country, it is also very touristic with many resorts and historical sites.

Question 4

Which is the third largest island in the Mediterranean?

With a population of 1.1 million people, this island is a significant size of just over 3,500 square miles but not as large as the two before it on the list. After a long history of the battle between Turkey and Greece over this island, it finally gained its independence in 1960. The next largest island is the French island of Corsica that has an area of just over 3,300 square miles, being very close but not quite making the top three.

Question 5

Which country shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti?

Being the second largest Caribbean island after Cuba (with an area of 76,192 square kilometers), Hispaniola is the most populated island in the Caribbean and the eleventh most populated island in the whole world. The only other shared island in the Caribbean is Saint Martin which is shared by France and The Netherlands. Hispaniola, however, has a lot of historic significance as it is the island that had the first permanent European settlement of the Americas, established by Christopher Columbus in 1492 and 1493.

Question 6

Which European country's capital is built on 14 islands?

This country's capital city, known for its cobblestone streets and over fifty bridges connecting the 14 islands, is built on an extensive Baltic Sea archipelago. The capital city has a population of over 950,000 and the country itself has a population of almost ten million. The country is known for its many bodies of waters such as rivers and lakes, its boreal forests, as well as its icy mountains. The county's main cities are all coastal cities, just like the capital.

Question 7

Which is the west-most State?

The United States of America, starting off as just the thirteen colonies gaining their independence, is now made up of fifty states. Forty-eight of those states are contiguous while the other two are found detached from the mainland, in different parts of North America. You can challenge yourself by trying to name all fifty in under six minutes. It's not as easy as you might think, but can you picture the map and tell us which state is the west-most?

Question 8

Which is the longest river in Europe?

This river is not only the longest river in Europe but is also the river with the largest discharge and drainage basin. It runs through central Russia, passing through eleven of the twenty largest cities, and then flows into the Caspian Sea. The name comes from a Slavic word meaning "moisture". Because it is so large and drains most of Russia, its reservoirs provide irrigation and hydroelectricity. The river is also responsible for the fertility of the land surrounding the body of water.

Question 9

What is the capital of Tunisia?

Tunisia is a North African country that has its border at the Mediterranean Sea. The country has a total population of 11.4 million people as of 2016, of which about one million live in the capital city. The city has a large museum that showcases ancient Roman mosaics as well as Islamic art. The country is also home to a site of ancient Antonine Baths as well as other ancient ruins. The capital of Tunisia was originally a Berber settlement.

Question 10

Which is the largest ocean?

So, you've traveled the world and the seven seas, but did you happen to notice which ocean was the biggest? The largest ocean on Earth covers more area on this planet than all the continents and islands put together and also reaches the lowest depths. The oceans cover about 71% of the Earth's surface, and the largest ocean alone covers about 46% of that. That means that the largest ocean covers about one-third of the planet's surface! It's not a small world after all.

Question 11

Which desert surrounds Las Vegas?

The desert that surrounds Las Vegas is the driest in all of North America, receiving less than thirteen inches of rain each year, and contains the lowest and hottest point in North America known as "Death Valley". It is a rain-shadow desert which happens when a desert is located on the leeward side of a mountain area because the water is blocked by the mountain. The name of the desert comes from the native name that means "beside the water".

Question 12

Which U.S. state's highest point is the lowest of all the states?

The highest point of elevation of this state is at 345 feet (105 meters) at Britton Hill and the lowest point is at the Atlantic Ocean, which is sea level. Though this state does not reach the lowest point in the country, it is the state that has a maximum height that is the lowest in the country, followed by District of Columbia and Delaware, whose highest points are at 410 feet (125 meters) and 448 feet (137 meters), respectively.

Question 13

To which country does this flag belong?

When reversing the colors, this flag becomes that of the Red Cross. It is one of only two flags of sovereign states that have square flags, the other being Vatican City. Use of the white cross for military purposes started as early as the fourteenth century but the design that we see today only came about in the 1800s and was made the official flag of the country in 1889. The white cross was originally a marker used on the clothing of soldiers.

Question 14

Which is the world's northernmost capital city of a sovereign state?

With a population of almost 125 thousand people, it is the largest city of its country and is at the heart of its culture, economy, and government. It is also a popular tourist destination. Today, the city has a mixed population with its largest minority groups from Poland, Lithuania, and Denmark. There are also up to one-third of children in some schools that are non-native due to high adoption rates. It is a very old city with its first signs of establishment in 874 AD.

Question 15

Which is the largest country in Africa?

This country occupies an area of 2,381,741 square kilometers (919,595 sq mi), making it the largest country in Africa and the tenth largest in the world! Up until 2011, it was the second largest country in Africa. Today it stands as the largest because the country that was previously considered the largest split into two separate countries. While it is the largest country in Africa by land mass, this country only ranks at ninth largest in terms of population, with a population of 39,670,000.

Question 16

Which is the deepest trench in the world?

These four trenches are all located in the Pacific Ocean and are all very close in depth with the deepest only surpassing the second deepest by about 150 meters (500 feet). The deepest trench reaches a depth of 11,034 meters (36,201 feet), but as deep as it is, if we were to drop Mount Everest into the trench, there would still be two kilometers (1.2 miles) above sea level. In 2010, this trench was established as a United States National Monument.

Question 17

Which capital city used to be called Byzantium?

Being the country's most populated city, at a population of about fifteen million, it is the country's economic, cultural, and historic center. The city limits have been expanding to accommodate the rapidly growing population which has grown to ten times its size since the 1950s. There are many art, music, and film festivals that have been established in the city in the twentieth century. It is one of the most populated cities in the world and is considered the largest European city.

Question 18

Which country is at the northern border of Latvia?

Officially known as The Republic of Latvia, the sovereign state has been referred to as one of the Baltic states since its independence in 1918. The revolution for the separation of the Baltic States in 1990 from the Soviet rule was a peaceful signing with the recognition of the illegal takeover by the Stalinist regime. Even though it was under foreign rule during most of its modern history, Latvia has maintained its culture through the centuries with its language and music.

Question 19

How many stars are on the Australian flag?

The Australian flag was first flown in Melbourne on the third of September, 1901. The concept was taken from the winning design from a competition that was held after Federation. It wasn't until 1954 that the flag was legally recognized as the official flag of Australia. The flag recognizes its loyalty to the British with the Union Jack. On star on the flag represents the separate regions that came together to be Australian and is known as the Commonwealth Star.

Question 20

Which is the largest city in Iran?

With a population of about 15 million in the greater area of the city, it is the largest city in Iran, the second largest in Western Asia, the third largest in the Middle East, and is ranked number 29 on the list of the world's most populated cities. The city is the economic center of Iran, with 30% of the country's workforce and 45% of the country's industrial firms. It is a major tourist destination and its dialect of the language is the country's standard.

Question 21

Which mountain range runs though Morocco and Algeria into Tunisia?

This mountain range stretches around 2,500 kilometers (1,600 miles) through Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. The range's highest peak is Toubkal, with an elevation of 4,167 meters (13,671 feet) above sea level in southwestern Morocco. The range separates the Mediterranean and Atlantic coastlines from the Sahara Desert. The mountains are home to a number of animals and plants that are unique in Africa, but similar to those in Europe. Many of them, however, are endangered and others have already gone extinct.

Question 22

The Bering Strait separates Alaska from which country?

A strait is a naturally formed body of water that connects to larger bodies of water and usually occurs between to land masses, such as Alaska and the country in question. Other examples of straits include the Akashi Strait that separates the Japanese islands of Honshu and Awaji, the Bass Strait that separates Tasmania from Australia, and the East River between Manhattan, the Bronx, and Long Island. The earliest reference of the strait was based on the adventures of Marco Polo

Question 23

Which country is the most densely populated in the world?

This country's population is pretty small at about 38.5 thousand people, but its population density is measured at 18,713 people per squared kilometer (48,466 per squared mile) making it the most densely populated country in the world. Coming in second is a country with a population density of 1,114 people per squared kilometer (2,964 per squared mile), and the least densely populated country in the world is Greenland with a population density of less than one person per squared kilometer or mile.

Question 24

What was the former name of Bangladesh?

A lot of people mistaken Bangladesh for the most densely populated country in the world, but it is actually the second most. It is, however, the most densely populated country of those that have a population over 10 million. Archeological studies have uncovered ancient cities on the land that show evidence of it being a trading post for thousands of years. It was once part of the British Indian colonies and from that period until its independence it was known by this name.

Question 25

What kind of leaf is on the Canadian flag?

The current Canadian flag was adopted on February 15, 1965, and was designed by George F. G. Stanley. Lester B. Pearson, the prime minister at the time, organized a committee to address the issue of Canada's lack of an official flag up until that point. Several flags had been used previously as uniquely Canadian, but non were declared official. The symbol on the flag has been used as a Canadian emblem since the 18th century and first appeared in 1868 on the coat of arms of Ontario and Quebec.

Question 26

What named line of latitude cuts through Gabon?

There are five major named lines of latitude on the map, and all five lines run parallel to each other. The Equator splits the globe exactly in two. The Arctic Circle crosses through the northernmost part of the globe while the Antarctic Circle crosses through the southernmost part of the globe. The Tropic of Cancer splits the northern hemisphere in half and the Tropic of Capricorn splits the southern hemisphere in half. Based on this information, which line passes through Gabon?

Question 27

Which river separates Buda from Pest?

The city of Budapest is the capital of Hungary and the most populated city in the country. It is also the tenth largest city in the European Union as defined by population within city limits. The city consists of two very different parts, Buda and Pest. Buda was the ancient capital of the kingdom of Hungary and you can tell just by the architecture of the castles and buildings on that side of the city. These two sides are separated by a river, which one?

Question 28

Which is the largest island in the Atlantic?

This island is the not only the largest in the Atlantic ocean but the largest in the world with a land area of 2,166,086 square kilometers (836,330 square miles). It is not very populated, though, with a total population of 55,877 and a third of its population living in the capital city. The second largest island in the world is occupied by New Guinea, located in the Southwest Pacific Ocean. It has an area of 786,000 square kilometers (303,381 square miles).

Question 29

Which is the smallest independent state?

The world's smallest country is only 0.44 square kilometers (0.17 square miles). It is almost 120 times smaller than the island of Manhattan in New York City, and the entire country fits within a capital city of the country in which it is embedded. Although it is the smallest country, it is home to one of the biggest churches in the world. Its entire economy is made of donations, the sales of postage stamps, tourist mementos, and admission fees of museums.

Question 30

Which country waves this flag?

From about the 16th century until 1814, this country used the same flag as another, as it was in union with that country. On its independence it adopted its own flag but kept it very similar, changing only the colors. The current flag was designed in 1821 by Fredrik Meltzer. However, the king refused to sign the flag law but approved the design for civilian use. The country has several rules about its flag that also describe when the flag should go up and down.

Question 31

Which american state is this?

This is the second largest of the United States of America, by both population and area, after California by population and Alaska by area. Its most populated city is the fourth largest in the entire country. It is nicknamed "The Lone Star State" to signify its former independence, and its state flag also has a single star on it. Spain was the first country to have claim over the territory followed by France and Mexico until it gained its independence before becoming part of the U.S.A.

Question 32

What is the capital of Poland?

With a population of approximately 38.5 million people, Poland is the sixth most populated country of the European Union. Its capital is also its largest metropolis. The country suffered a lot during the Second World War, having been invaded by Germany first, and then by the Soviet Union. More than six million Polish people died during the Second World War. All six extermination camps ordered into construction by the Nazi regime were located in Poland, some of which still stand today.

Question 33

Which country has the largest land mass?

The largest country in the world by land mass has a total area of about of over 17 million square kilometers (6.6 million square miles). It is only 13% water, making it a large expanse of land, barely broken by water. Its capital is one of the largest cities in the world, with an area of 2,511 square kilometers (970 square miles) and a population of 12,506,468 people. The second largest country has an area of almost 10 million square kilometers (3.8 million square miles).

Question 34

Which country has the largest population?

This country has a whopping 1.4 billion people living in it as of 2016, which was an increase of over 50 million people since 2010. That's about 10 million people a year! Unfortunately, along with all those people comes a lot of pollution, making this country one of the top ten polluted countries in the world. This country has a very large middle class, but due to rapid growth, there has been a large consumer inflation in the last years.

Question 35

Which is the second largest country in South America?

This country in South America has an area of 2,780,400 square kilometers (1,073,500 square miles) making it the second largest country by area in South America, where the largest country has an area of 8,515,767 square kilometers (3,287,956 square miles). In terms of population, it is the third largest country in South America with a population or 41,803,125 people, following Brazil and Colombia at 202,033,670 and 48,929,706 respectively. The modern culture is largely influenced by Spanish and Italian culture due to its settlement history.

Question 36

What colour is the bottom strip of the Egyptian flag?

The Egyptian flag consists of three horizontal stripes, each a different color. The middle of the flag bears Egypt's national emblem, the Egyptian eagle of Saladin centered in the second band. The development of the modern Egyptian flag was determined first by the Muhammad Ali Dynasty, under whom Egypt was united with Sudan. The stripes were also adopted by many other Arab countries because of the inspiration that came from their symbolic meaning. The flag was officially adopted in October of 1984.

Question 37

What is the capital city of New York state?

New York was one of the original Thirteen Colonies that formed the United States. With an estimated 19.85 million residents in 2017, it is the fourth most populated state in the country. Over 40% of its population lives in the five burrows of New York City, its most populated city. Its capital city is known for its rich history, commerce, culture, architecture, and institutions, and is one of the oldest surviving settlements of the thirteen colonies and longest charted city in the US.

Question 38

Which river forms the border of the U.S. and Mexico?

Beginning in south-central Colorado and flowing through to the Gulf of Mexico, it is one of the principal rivers in the southwest United States and northern Mexico. The river runs 3,051 kilometers long (896 miles) and goes as deep as 18 meters (59 feet). It is formed by the joining of several streams at the base of Canby Mountain in the San Juan Mountains and flows through the San Luis Valley from there. Navigation through this river was active during the nineteenth century.

Question 39

Which is not one of the five Great Lakes?

The Great Lakes also called the Laurentian Lakes and the Great Lakes of North America are the largest group of freshwater lakes by area and the second largest by volume, accounting for 21% of the world's fresh water. They began forming around 14,000 years ago as giant glaciers melted into the holes where they once sat. The group's maximum depth is in Lake Superior at 406 meters deep (1,333 feet). It also has the largest volume at 12,000 cubic kilometers (2,900 cubic miles).

Question 40

What is the capital of Greenland?

With a population of 17,000 people, Greenland's capital has an area of 690 square kilometers (BLAH square miles). The closest cities to the capital of Greenland are Iqaluit and St. John's in Canada and Reykjavik in Iceland. in January of 2016, the city had a population of just over 17,000 people. Since 2009, the city has buses that go to neighboring towns. In 2012, the bus transported 2 million passengers around the city. This city is the location of the University of Greenland.

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