Can You Get More Than 11 Right on This Difficult North American Geography Challenge?

By: Heather Cahill
Estimated Completion Time
3 min
Can You Get More Than 11 Right on This Difficult North American Geography Challenge?
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About This Quiz

North America is a wondrous place filled with beautiful scenery, incredible cities and a large amount of land. Not only does it offer some of the most memorable and breathtaking places on earth, but it also can boast of some amazing records. For starters, it features some of the highest points, the most lakes and some of the longest rivers in the world.

Pretty much everyone knows that North America is one of the continents that make up this planet and that the United States is part of it. But there is so much more to know about this vast piece of land. Can you name all the countries that make up the continent? Or the names of all the capital cities in North America? What about where some of the most famous landmarks in the world stand?

If you said yes to any of these questions, you just may have a shot at acing this quiz! So if you think you're a geography expert, what are you waiting for? It's time for you to dive into this quiz and prove to the world just how much of a smarty pants you are when it comes to your knowledge base about North America!

The White House What's the capital city of the United States?
New York
Los Angeles
Boston
Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C., is the capital of the United States. Sandwiched between Maryland and Virginia, the District of Columbia was established in 1790 as the home of the federal government.

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Great Salt Lakes Great Salt Lake is located in which state?
Colorado
Utah
Great Salt Lake is located in northern Utah. It's the largest saltwater lake in the western hemisphere. The lake is salty because rivers that feed into it carry salt into the basin.
Nevada
Michigan

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Temple of Kukulcan Where is the Temple of Kukulcan?
Mexico
The Temple of Kukulcan, also known as El Castillo, is in Mexico. The step pyramid sits at the center of Chichen Itza, an archaeological spot in Yucatan that has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Canada
Cuba
Greenland

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Richmond What is the capital of Virginia?
Richmond
Richmond became the capital of Virginia in 1779, wresting the title from the city of Williamsburg in the midst of the American Revolution. Richmond also served as the capital of the Confederacy during the Civil War.
Virginia Beach
Chesapeake
Norfolk

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Snow Mountains What is Mount Mackenzie?
A statue
A city
A volcano
Mount Mackenzie, a volcanic peak, is part of the Rainbow Range in British Columbia, Canada. The mountain was named after Alexander Mackenzie, who served as Canada's second prime minister from 1873 to 1878.
A lake

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Arctic Ocean Which ocean is to the north of North America?
Arctic Ocean
The Arctic Ocean borders North America on the north. At about 6.1 million square feet, the Arctic Ocean — which is home to polar bears — is the smallest of the five oceans on Earth.
Atlantic Ocean
Indian Ocean
Pacific Ocean

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Rio Grande Which landmark is found along the United States-Mexico border?
Mount Rushmore
Strait of Georgia
Four Corners Monument
Rio Grande
The Rio Grande partially runs along the United States-Mexico border. It starts in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, runs through New Mexico and Texas and empties into the Gulf of Mexico.

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Alaska Which is the northernmost state?
Maine
New York
Washington
Alaska
Alaska is the northernmost state. It's so far north, in fact, that part of the state lies within the Arctic Circle. The northernmost town in the United States is Utqiagvik, formerly called Barrow, Alaska.

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Mount Rushmore What's unique about Mount Rushmore?
It's the tallest mountain in North America.
It has faces carved into it.
Mount Rushmore, in South Dakota, has the faces of four former U.S. presidents carved into its side. The presidents memorialized in this landmark are George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.
It's a volcano.
It's made from ice.

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Grand Canyon In what state is the Grand Canyon located?
Arizona
The Grand Canyon is located in Arizona and features the Colorado River running through it. The Grand Canyon celebrated its 100th anniversary as a national park on Feb. 26, 2019. It became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979.
Nevada
New Mexico
Utah

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Lake Superior Which is the largest of the Great Lakes?
Lake Erie
Lake Ontario
Lake Huron
Lake Superior
Lake Superior is not only the largest of the Great Lakes by volume, but it is also the coldest and deepest. The five lakes that make up the Great Lakes collectively make up 21% of the world's surface fresh water supply.

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Lighthouse What is the smallest state?
Maryland
Connecticut
Delaware
Rhode Island
Rhode Island is the smallest state in the nation, measuring 1,214 square miles. Delaware, at 1,982 square miles, and Connecticut, at 5,018 square miles, are the second and third smallest states, respectively.

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Toronto Where is the CN Tower?
Guatemala City
Tijuana
New York City
Toronto
Toronto is home to the iconic CN Tower. The 1,815-foot tower, one of the tallest on Earth, was named one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World in 1995 by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

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Hoover Dam The Hoover Dam is located in which of these states?
Nevada
The Hoover Dam lies on the border between Nevada and Arizona. It was constructed in the 1930s to control the flow of the Colorado River. The dam was named for President Herbert Hoover.
Wyoming
Florida
California

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Poland Which of the following countries are NOT part of North America?
Bermuda
Poland
While North America is made up of 23 countries and dozens of territories, including islands in the Caribbean, Poland is not located in North America. Rather, Poland is a country in Europe.
Cuba
Costa Rica

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Panama What does the Isthmus of Panama connect?
British Columbia, Canada and Washington state
Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard
Cuba and Florida
North and South America
Formed some 60 million years ago, the Isthmus of Panama connected North and South America, allowing migration to take by land between the two continents. Its presence also blocked the flow of currents between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, thus changing Earth's weather patterns.

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Appalachian Mountains In which of these states can a portion of the Appalachian Mountains be found?
Colorado
Utah
Maryland
The Appalachian Mountains run through Maryland and more than a dozen other states on the eastern half of the country. It stretches for nearly 2,000 miles, from Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada down to Alabama.
Washington

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Ozark Mountains In which of these states can you find the Ozark Mountains?
Arkansas
While mostly concentrated in Missouri, the Ozark Mountains also run through Arkansas, as well as Illinois, Oklahoma and Kansas. The Ozarks span an area of about 47,000 to 50,000 square miles.
Tennessee
Iowa
Nebraska

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Alaska What's the largest state?
Montana
Alaska
At more than 665,000 square miles, Alaska is the largest state in the union and more than twice the size of Texas, which, at nearly 268,600 square miles, is the second largest state. Despite its massive land size, Alaska is the least densely populated state, with about 737,500 residents.
California
Texas

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Canada What's the largest country in North America?
Grenada
Mexico
United States
Canada
Canada is the largest country in North America, spanning about 3.85 million square miles. The United States is not far behind, at about 3.8 million square miles. However, Canada has fewer than 38 million residents while the U.S. population is estimated at 330 million people.

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Greenland The largest island in the world is part of North America. What's its name?
Greenland
Greenland is the largest island in North America and in the world. While it is geographically part of North America, this largely autonomous island is politically and culturally associated with Denmark, which is in Europe.
Vancouver Island
Newfoundland
Sea Island

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Moraine Lake Which North American country is home to the most lakes?
Canada
Canada is believed to have over two million lakes if one were to include certain small bodies of water. It is disputed whether Canada or Finland holds the record for the most number of lakes in a country, based on how one defines a "lake."
United States
Mexico
Guatemala

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Mount McKinley What's the highest point in North America?
Denali
Denali, which rises to 20,310 feet, is the highest peak in North America. It was once named Mount McKinley in honor of President William McKinley, but President Barack Obama's administration announced in 2015 that the federal government would restore the mountain's original Native American name.
Mount Fuji
Mount Everest
Mount Elbert

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Rocky Mountain Which of these states do the Rocky Mountains NOT pass through?
Colorado
Utah
North Dakota
The Rocky Mountains run through the following six states: Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico. The approximately 3,000-mile mountain range, also known as the Rockies, also runs through the western Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia.
New Mexico

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Death Valley Where is Death Valley?
California
Located in California, Death Valley got its name from a group of pioneers traveling through the area as they headed west during the Gold Rush of 1849. As its name implies, it can get deathly hot there, with summer temperatures soaring past 120 degrees Fahrenheit in the shade.
Arizona
New Mexico
Texas

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Ottawa What's the capital of Canada?
Vancouver
Winnipeg
Ottawa
Ottawa is the capital of Canada. Located in southeastern Ontario, the selection of Ottawa by Queen Victoria as Canada's capital was a surprise since larger cities like Montreal and Toronto sought the title as well. Some viewed Ottawa's central location between these two cities as a compromise.
Montreal

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Banff Which country has the longest coastline in North America?
Saint Vincent
United States
Jamaica
Canada
Canada's coastline is about 151,019 miles long, according to the World Atlas. However, researchers have cited different figures based on the various methods for measuring coastlines. Canada's coastline is not only the longest in North America, but it's also the longest in the world.

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Nature Which of these mountain ranges most recently had a major eruption in the United States?
Cascade Range
Mount St. Helens, which is part of the Cascade Range in Washington, erupted in May 1980. The incident took the lives of 57 people and is considered the most disastrous volcanic eruption in U.S. history.
The Andes
Atlas Mountains
Sierra Nevada

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Mexico What's the most populated city in North America?
Mexico City
The most populated city in North America is Mexico City, which is home to over 8.8 million people, according to some estimates. New York City comes in second with about 8.4 million residents.
Las Vegas
Los Angeles
New York City

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Baffin Island What famous mountain is located on Baffin Island?
Mount Everest
Mount Kilamanjaro
Denali
Mount Thor
Mount Thor is located on Baffin Island in northern Canada. Its claim to fame stems from having the largest vertical drop (at over 4,100 feet) of any mountain in the world. Its cliff overhang is angled at 105 degrees.

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Saint Kitts and Nevis What's the smallest country in North America?
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Kitts and Nevis, a 261-square-kilometer island in the Caribbeans, is the smallest — and least populated — country in North America. The country is made up of a series of volcanoes that are in a dormant state.
Anguilla
Cuba
Panama

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World map Where does North America rank in terms of largest continents?
First
Second
Third
North America is ranked third, with a total land size of approximately 9.5 million square miles. Asia measures about 17.2 million square miles while Africa is roughly 11.7 million square miles.
Fourth

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Yellowstone The Great Plains run through which of these states?
Kentucky
Tennessee
New Mexico
In addition to New Mexico, the Great Plains run through nine other states: Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas. The Great Plains also run through Canada and encompasses an area covering 1.1 million square miles.
Utah

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Santa Elena Where is the San Joaquin River located?
Texas
New Mexico
Arizona
California
The San Joaquin River is in central California. One of the state's longest rivers, it flows southwest from the Sierra Nevada mountain range, through the San Joaquin Valley, then in a northwest direction until it meets up with the Sacramento River.

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Missouri River What's the longest river in North America?
Missouri River
The Missouri River is the longest river in North America, measuring somewhere between 2,450 and 2,550 miles in length. Not far behind is the Mississippi River, at roughly 2,350 miles. The two rivers connect at a point and ultimately flow out to the Gulf of Mexico.
Yukon River
Mississippi River
Nile River

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