Geography 45

From the quiz on 12/9/17.

  1. What symbol appears on the national flags of Kiribati, Malawi, Rwanda, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uruguay and Argentina? Sun

  2. Which continent is the only one that lies in all four hemispheres (Northern, Southern, Western and Eastern)? Africa

  3. Malaita, Makira, Santa Isabel, New Georgia, Choiseul and Guadalcanal are the six main islands of which country in the South Pacific? Solomon Islands

  4. The point 0°N 0°W, where the equator intersects the prime meridian, lies in which gulf of the Atlantic Ocean? Gulf of Guinea

  5. In which European country is the small village of Fucking, which is a popular destination for both English-speaking tourists and sign thieves? Austria



Geography 44

From the quiz on 5/9/17.

  1. What colour is the saltire (cross) on the flag of Jamaica? Yellow/gold

  2. Which Scottish island is sometimes referred to as Scotland in Miniature because the north is mountainous like the highlands, while the south is flat like the lowlands? Arran

  3. What name is shared by the highest mountains in Greece, Cyprus and the Solar System? Olympus

  4. Which three countries have coastline on the Yellow Sea? China, North Korea, South Korea

  5. St. Lawrence Market, Casa Loma and the CN Tower are landmarks in which Canadian city? Toronto

  6. Which region forms the “heel” of the boot of Italy? Apulia/Puglia

  7. Which European country has land borders with Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Ukraine and Austria? Slovakia

  8. Which Great Lake is the only one located entirely within the US? Lake Michigan

  9. In which Asian country is the city of Samarkand, an historically-important stop on the Silk Road? Uzbekistan

  10. Which country became the largest in Africa (by area) after Sudan split in 2011? Algeria

Specialist: Canadian geography

From the quiz on 29/8/17.

  1. In which Canadian city are the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, Canada Place, Granville Island, Gastown and Stanley Park? Vancouver

  2. What is the capital and largest city of Canada’s Northwest Territories? Yellowknife

  3. Hartland Bridge, the world’s longest covered bridge at almost 400 metres, crosses the Saint John River in which Canadian province? New Brunswick

  4. Canada’s oldest national park, Banff, is located west of Calgary in Alberta in which mountain range? (Canadian) Rockies

  5. In which of the Great Lakes is Lake Manitou, which is the world’s largest lake-on-an-island-in-a-lake? Huron

Geography 43

From the quiz on 8/8/17.

  1. What is the capital of Iran? Tehran

  2. Which European country’s flag consists of three equal horizontal bands of red, white and red (top to bottom)? Austria

  3. Which US city is known as both The Crescent City and The Big Easy? New Orleans

  4. Which Asian country has Dzongkha as its sole official language and is ruled by the Druk Gyalpo (“Dragon King”)? Bhutan

  5. Which town in Buckinghamshire is renowned for its so-called “four Bs”: boots, beer, brushes and Baptists? Chesham

  6. In which city is the Turning Torso, which is the world’s first twisted skyscraper and (as of 2017) the tallest building in Scandinavia? Malmö

  7. What informal term for England or Britain is derived from the Hindi for “foreign country”? Blighty

  8. Ojos del Salado and Llullaillaco, the two highest active volcanoes in the world, are both on the border between which two countries? Argentina and Chile

  9. Inhabitants of which Australian state are known colloquially as “crow-eaters”? South Australia

  10. Musala, the highest peak in the Balkans, is located in Rila, the largest national park in which European country? Bulgaria

Geography 42

From the quiz on 18/7/17.

  1. Which English city was known to the Romans as Aquae Sulis (“waters of Sulis”)? Bath

  2. In which North American river is the archipelago known as Thousand Islands, after which Thousand Island dressing is thought to have been named? St Lawrence

  3. Which two Asian national capitals are situated on the banks of the Mekong River? Phnom Penh and Vientiane

  4. The Darién Gap, a notoriously dangerous break in the Pan-American Highway, is a lawless area of swampy jungle on the border of which two countries? Panama and Colombia

  5. In geology, what name, from the Greek for “ash(es)”, is given to the rock fragments and particles ejected by a volcanic eruption? Tephra

  6. Which Welsh city is the smallest city in the UK, with a population of just 1,841 in the 2011 census? St Davids (Tyddewi)

  7. After what type of geographical feature is Fleet Street in London named? (Underground) river

  8. Which city, nicknamed the Pink City for the colour of many of its buildings, is the capital of India’s largest state, Rajasthan? Jaipur

  9. The four European countries that drive on the left-hand side of the road are the UK, Ireland and which two others? Cyprus and Malta

  10. Which US state is the only one divided into regions called boroughs (rather than the standard counties), the least densely-populated and, by a technicality, both the easternmost and westernmost? Alaska

Geography 41

From the quiz on 27/6/17.

  1. Which animal species appears on the state flag of California? Grizzly bear

  2. What is the capital of the Italian island of Sicily? Palermo

  3. In which South American country are Angel Falls, the highest (uninterrupted) waterfall in the world? Venezuela

  4. The New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Abbey Pumping Station and National Space Centre are tourist attractions in which English city? Leicester

  5. Which country’s Euro coins depict, amongst others, the capital’s Secession Building, Belvedere Palace, St Stephen’s Cathedral, primroses and a gentian? Austria

  6. Lake Assal, the lowest point in Africa and the third-lowest on Earth, is located in which African country? Djibouti

  7. The seismically- and volcanically-active Mid-Atlantic Ridge runs through the centre of which island country? Iceland

  8. Which Polynesian country’s national flag consists of a red field with a white canton charged with a red Greek cross? Tonga

  9. The Kuril Islands are an archipelago situated between, and territorially disputed by, which two countries? Japan and Russia

  10. In which London borough are the British Library, British Museum, Great Ormond Street Hospital, St Pancras station, Euston station and the main campus of University College London? Camden

Geography 40

From the quiz on 6/6/17.

  1. What is the capital of Ecuador? Quito

  2. The large region known as the Basque Country straddles the border between which two European countries? Spain and France

  3. Which two of the seven countries that founded the European Free Trade Association are still members thereof? Norway and Switzerland

  4. According to the traditional English rhyme, “By Tre, Pol and Pen shall ye know all …” which people of Britain? Cornish(men)

  5. The islands of Pag, Hvar, Brač, Rab and Lošinj are popular tourist destinations in which European country? Croatia

  6. The African capital cities of Brazzaville and Kinshasa face each other across which major river? Congo

  7. With which borough of New York City is New York County coterminous? Manhattan

  8. Which two Mediterranean islands are separated by the Strait of Bonifacio? Corsica and Sardinia

  9. Which Arab country’s national flag consists of three equal horizontal bands of red, white and black (top to bottom)? Yemen

  10. In which English county are the villages of Warninglid, Cocking, Lickfold, Titty Hill and Balls Cross? West Sussex