Americans, it has to be said, are not the world's biggest geography buffs. A survey in the mid-2000s found that only one in five young Americans owns a map of the world, 63 percent could not locate Iraq on a map, and 54 percent didn't know what continent Sudan is on. (It's in Africa). The survey-takers didn't do much better on U.S. geography, either.
Are you part of the problem, or part of the solution? (Or maybe you're not American and offended at being lumped in with us). Whichever is the case, we've designed a quiz to help you figure out where you land on the geography-buff spectrum.
Do you know, for example, which country's capital is Port-Au-Prince? Or where you would find the Louvre Museum? How about which country was home to late great writer Ernest Hemingway? (Hint: It's not on great terms with the US nowadays).
Maybe you want to prove your geography chops. Or maybe you've got the itch to travel, but on an armchair budget! Either way, we're here to help. Settle in with our quiz and take a trip around the world, all without leaving the house. You might learn a thing or two about the planet we all call home!
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