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

Geography 39

From the quiz on 16/5/17.

  1. In which midwestern US city is the 630-foot-tall metal arch known as Gateway Arch? St. Louis

  2. England’s highest point, Scafell Pike, and deepest lake, Wast Water, are both located in which county? Cumbria

  3. Into how many provinces is Canada divided? 10

  4. Etihad Airways is a flag carrier airline of which Asian country? United Arab Emirates

  5. In which South American country are Talampaya, Los Glaciares and Iguazú national parks? Argentina

  6. In which city are the Grand Bazaar, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace? Istanbul

  7. Which English motorway connects Liverpool to Hull via Manchester and Leeds? M62

  8. Pulau Ujong, whose name literally means “end island” in Malay, constitutes the majority of the territory of which Asian country? Singapore

  9. Through which three countries does the Brahmaputra river flow? China, India, Bangladesh

  10. Which European capital city has a UNESCO World Heritage–inscribed canal district known natively as Grachtengordel? Amsterdam

Geography 38

From the quiz on 25/4/17.

  1. In which ocean are the islands of Wallis and Futuna, New Caledonia, American Samoa and Guam? Pacific Ocean

  2. Abidjan is the economic capital and principal port of which African country? Côte d’Ivoire

  3. Iguaçu Falls, the largest system of waterfalls in the world, are located on the boundary between which two South American countries? Argentina and Brazil

  4. Which US state has land borders with Montana, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, Washington and Oregon, as well as the Canadian province of British Columbia? Idaho

  5. Corfe Castle in Dorset is situated on which peninsula, often inaccurately referred to as an “isle”? Purbeck

  6. What is the largest island in Asia (by area)? Borneo

  7. Which two African countries are the only ones that lie entirely south of the Tropic of Capricorn? Lesotho and Swaziland

  8. In which country are Lake Disappointment, the Great Sandy Desert and the Great Dividing Range? Australia

  9. London by the Sea is a popular nickname for which seaside resort in East Sussex? Brighton

  10. Which island country’s national flag, adopted on independence from the UK in 1968, consists of four equal horizontal bands of red, blue, yellow and green (top to bottom)? Mauritius

Geography 37

From the quiz on 4/4/17.

  1. Which two US state capitals lie on the Mississippi River? Baton Rouge and Saint Paul

  2. In which Arab country is Palm Jumeirah, an artificial archipelago constructed in the shape of a palm tree? United Arab Emirates

  3. The Potteries is a name given to the pottery industry centred on which Midlands city? Stoke-on-Trent

  4. Which Australian state was formerly known as Van Diemen’s Land, after a Governor-General of the Dutch East India Company? Tasmania

  5. Which ethnic group is represented by the flag consisting of two equal-height horizontal bands of black and red with with a central yellow disc? Aboriginal Australians

  6. Piraeus is the chief port of which European capital city? Athens

  7. Cursus Barrows, Woodhenge, Durrington Walls and Silbury Hill are among the many Neolithic monuments forming a UNESCO World Heritage Site in which English county? Wiltshire

  8. St Peter Port is the capital and largest city of which British island? Guernsey

  9. Of what are Cassini–Soldner, Gall–Peters, Van der Grinten and Winkel tripel all examples? Map projection

  10. The extreme stormy weather known as Catatumbo lightning occurs where the Catatumbo River meets Lake Maracaibo in which South American country? Venezuela