The Pseudo-geography Quiz
Britney Spears once said, "I get to go to overseas places, like Canada." Think you can do better than Britney? Then test yourself in our pseudo-geography quiz.
True or false: "Upstate" refers to all of New York except what's outside the Metropolitan Transportation Authority commuter rail.
True or false: The Cascades are a major mountain range, but a cascade is a waterfall.
True or false: A promontory is similar to a headland or a point.
True or false: Mandarin is a region of China.
True or false: A "Latino" is anyone whose ancestors come from a Spanish-speaking country.
True or false: The phrase "heartland of America" refers to the Midwest.
True or false: The Midwest includes these 12 states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
Which marks Earth's south frigid zone, the Arctic Circle or the Antarctic Circle?
True or false: Florida is an isthmus.
True or false: New England and the Northeastern states are the same.
True or false: If you're hitching a ride in a slug line, you're in the Washington area.
True or false: In Rhode Island a "driftway" is an access road to the ocean.
True or false: A bay or a river mouth might also be an estuary.
True or false: Former Vice President Dan Quayle once said, "It is wonderful to be here in the great state of Chicago."
True or false: Polynesia is one island in the south Pacific.
True or false: All U.S. citizens are Americans, but not all Americans are U.S. citizens.
Which are called "parallels": lines of latitude or lines of longitude?
True or false: An earthquake is a fracture in Earth's crust.
True or false: A bay is usually smaller than a gulf.
True or false: The Florida Keys are islands of exposed ancient coral reef.
The silt, sand and small rocks that build up at the mouth of a river are called what?
True or false: Brackish water is foam created when seawater is agitated.
True or false: La Nina and El Nino are opposites.
In the lyrics "drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry," what's a levee?
- a barrier to prevent flooding
- a body of water connecting two larger bodies of water
- spongy ground with poor drainage
True or false: The Sun Belt is in Southern California.
Is Africa a continent or a country?
True or false: Oceans and seas are the same.
What is the point beyond which trees will not grow or survive?
Buttes, mesas, and plateaus are, basically, all flat-topped hills (or mountains). Put them in order from smallest to largest:
- buttes, mesas, plateaus
- plateaus, mesas, buttes
- mesas, plateaus, buttes
True or false: To be a coast, a shore must body an ocean.