The Asian Geography Quiz

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Asia has an extremely varied geography, from mountains to plains to plateaus. Take this quiz to see how much you know about the world's most populous continent.

Which hemisphere contains all of the Asian continent?

The Eastern Hemisphere contains the entire continent of Asia. The prime meridian, at zero degrees longitude, separates the Eastern and Western hemispheres.

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How many time zones are there across the continent of Asia?

There are 11 standard time zones within the borders of the continent of Asia.

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Which mountain ranges are considered the boundary between the continents of Asia and Europe?

The Caucasus and Ural mountain ranges are considered the land boundary between Asia and Europe.

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True or false: Asia is the second largest continent on Earth.

Asia is the largest continent on Earth and contains roughly 17.2 million square miles (44 million kilometers) or about 30 percent of the planet's total landmass.

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What is the longest river on the Asian continent?

The Yangtze is the longest river on the Asian continent. The river stretches 3,964 miles (6,379 kilometers) from its glacial source in China's Qinghai province to the East China Sea at Shanghai.

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What is the largest island within the maritime borders of Asia?

The island of Borneo covers approximately 280,100 square miles (725,455 square kilometers) and is Asia's largest island.

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Which geographical feature separates China from the Indian subcontinent?

The Himalayas cover about 1,500 miles (2,400 kilometers).

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What is the smallest country within the boundaries of the Asian continent?

Maldives is the smallest country within the Asian continent both in terms of area and population. The land area of the Maldives totals 185 square miles (479 square kilometers) and supports a population of approximately 393,000 people.

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What is the largest desert on the continent of Asia?

The Arabian Desert covers about 900,000 square miles (2.3 million square kilometers) of the Arabian Peninsula.

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What is the name of the northernmost region of Asia?

The Siberia region of Russia is the northernmost region of the continent of Asia.

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Which country has the highest recorded temperature in Asia?

Mohenjo Daro, Pakistan, is the site of the highest reliably recorded temperature in Asia, at 128.3 degrees Fahrenheit (53.5 degrees Celsius) on May 26, 2010. Some sources name Israel as the site of the highest recorded temperature for Asia (129.2 degrees Fahrenheit on June 21, 1942). However, the accuracy of the measurement remains in question.

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Which two seas border Asia's Caucasus region?

Asia's Caucasus region is bordered by the Black Sea in the west and the Caspian Sea in the east.

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Which group of Asian islands is referred to as the Spice Islands?

The Moluccas of Asia are sometimes referred to as the Spice Islands. The islands were once the world's largest source of nutmeg, mace and cloves, giving them their memorable nickname.

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Which ocean does NOT share a coastline with the continent of Asia?

The Atlantic Ocean does not share a coastline with Asia.

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Which Asian city most recently hosted the Olympics?

Beijing, China, hosted the Summer Olympics in 2008, while Nagano, Japan, hosted the Winter Olympics in 1998. Seoul, South Korea, hosted the Summer Olympics in 1988.

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True or false: The lowest temperature ever recorded in Asia is minus 90 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 68 degrees Celsius).

The lowest temperature ever recorded in Asia is minus 90 degrees Fahrenheit in Verkhoyansk, Russia, in 1892.

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Which Asian island nation is located off the southeast coast of India?

Sri Lanka is home to about 22 million people.

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Which Asian country on the Indochinese Peninsula is landlocked?

Laos is bordered by Myanmar, Thailand, China, Vietnam and Cambodia.

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Which peak is the highest point on the continent of Asia?

At 29,035 feet (8,849 meters) above sea level, Mount Everest is not only the highest point in Asia, but also the highest point on Earth.

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What is the population of Asia?

The current population of Asia, based on United Nations estimates, is more than 4.4 billion. The continent of Asia accounts for nearly 60 percent of the world's population.

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Where is the lowest elevation in Asia?

At 1,341 feet (408 meters) below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest point in Asia.

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Which Asian country does NOT touch the Arabian Sea?

Afghanistan is home to about 33 million people.

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Which Asian desert is located in northern China and southern Mongolia?

The Gobi Desert stretches across 500,000 square miles (1.3 million square kilometers) of Mongolian and Chinese land.

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Which body of water separates Vietnam and the Philippines?

The South China Sea and the East China Sea compose the China Sea.

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What is the total length of Asia's coastline?

The total length of Asia's coastline is 39,000 miles (63,000 kilometers).

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Where is the westernmost point of mainland Asia?

Cape Baba, Turkey, is the westernmost point, while Cape Dezhnev, Russia, is the easternmost point of mainland Asia.

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Which Asian country has the most islands within its maritime borders?

There are roughly 17,500 islands within the maritime borders of Indonesia, making it Asia's country with the most islands.

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Which Asian country was once named Siam?

On July 20, 1948, the Siamese assembly voted to change the name of Siam to Thailand. The change took place officially one year later. "Muang Thai" or "Thailand" means "land of the free."

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True or false: The easternmost point of the Asian continent is 55 miles (89 kilometers) from the westernmost point of the continent of North America.

The easternmost point of the Asian continent, Cape Dezhnev, Russia, is 55 miles across the Bering Strait from Cape Prince of Wales, Alaska, the westernmost point of the North American continent.

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How many of the 10 most populated countries in the world are located in Asia?

Seven of the world's 10 most populated countries are located in Asia. They are Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Pakistan and Russia. The three remaining most populated countries not found in Asia are Brazil, Nigeria and the United States.

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