Can You Ace This High School Geography Quiz?

By: Becky

Can You Ace This High School Geography Quiz?
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About This Quiz

Put your geography knowledge to the test with this quiz!

Geography is one of the Social Studies, and High School Geography branches away from the United States and explores the Earth's water, landforms, climates and systems. In elementary and middle school, you may remember studying maps of the U.S., and your classroom probably had a globe. In high school, you learned about the connection between history and geography, both man-made and natural (human vs. physical geography). After all, not only has the world changed as it aged, but alao people changed the world's borders.

To call yourself an expert in geography, you'll need to know how to use the tools of geography, including maps and charts; you'll need to know how humans have influenced global culture and economics (human geography); and you'll need to know intricate information about the regions of the world, including North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. For you to know all of this, you must have an IQ of more than 130! But don't let us scare you away - try it for yourself and then challenge your friends.

So, get ready to test your geography IQ and explore the world with this fact-filled High School Geography quiz.

What body of water separates North America from Asia?
Bering Strait
The Bering Strait separates North America from Asia. Specifically, the Bering Strait separates the U.S. from Russia.
Atlantic Ocean
Lake Erie
Arctic Sea

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What is the world's largest gulf?
Gulf of Morocco
Gulf of Florida
Gulf of Mexico
The Gulf of Mexico is the largest gulf in the world. A gulf is a basin of the sea that creeps over the land.
Gulf of Madrid

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What is the highest point in North America?
Mt. Aetna
Mt. Vesuvius
Mt. Olive
Denali
Denali is the highest point in North America. Named Mt. McKinley outside of Alaska for many years, a naming dispute between the Alaskan state legislature and the federal government restored the name "Denali", which was what it had been called by Alaskan indigenous peoples.

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What is the world's largest prairie?
The Sahara Desert
The Mohave Desert
The Great Plains
The Great Plains is the world's largest prairie. The Great Plains covers all of Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota, along with parts of other states.
Lake Erie

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What covers more than 70% of the Earth's surface?
Water
Water covers more than 70% of the Earth's surface. The world's oceans are largely unexplored.
Land
Mountains
Ice

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Which of the following is NOT a continent?
Asia
Africa
Canada
Canada is not a continent. Canada is located on the continent of North America.
South America

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Which of the world's oceans is the largest and the deepest?
Pacific
The Pacific Ocean is the largest, deepest ocean in the world. The Arctic Ocean is the smallest.
Indian
Atlantic
Arctic

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What imaginary line separates the Northern and Southern Hemispheres?
International date line
The North Pole
Equator
The imaginary line that separates the Northern and Southern Hemispheres is called the equator. The equator is halfway between the North and South Poles.
The Atlantic Ocean

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An extension of land surrounded by water on three sides is called a _________.
Island
Peninsula
An extension of land surrounded by water on three sides is called a peninsula. Florida is a peninsula.
Ford
Canal

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Weather patterns that exist within a particular region are referred to as what?
Temperature
Thermometer
Barometer
Climate
Weather patterns that exist within a particular region are referred to as climate. Climate relies on long-term observations.

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Which continent is the most populous?
North America
South America
Asia
Asia is the most populated continent. Antarctica is the least populated.
Africa

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A _____ is a scale model of the Earth.
Map
Globe
A globe is a scale model of the Earth. Globes show land, water, distance and direction.
Ball
Balloon

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Which of the following is NOT found on a map?
Key
Scale
Legend
Chemical symbol
You will not find chemical symbols on a map. Look for those on a periodic chart in your chemistry class.

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What mountain range is called the backbone of North America?
The Adirondacks
The Mesa Mountains
Mount Vesuvius
The Rocky Mountains
The Rocky Mountains are called the backbone of North America. Also called The Rockies, they run from Canada to New Mexico.

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What river runs along part of the U.S.-Mexican border?
The Nile
The Mississippi
The Congo
The Rio Grande
The Rio Grande runs along part of the U.S.-Mexican border. The name is Spanish for "Big River."

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Which of the following is NOT one of the Great Lakes?
Erie
Washington
There is no Great Lake named Washington. The Great Lakes are Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Superior.
Huron
Ontario

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Where is North America's largest canyon?
Arizona
North America's largest canyon is the Grand Canyon. The Grand Canyon is located in Arizona.
Florida
Ohio
New York

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What is the highest point in Canada?
Mt. Ararat
Mt. Vesuvius
Mt. Logan
Mt. Logan is Canada's highest point. The mountain was named after Canadian geologist, Sir William Edmond Logan.
Mt. Denali

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Which of the seven continents is the least populated?
Asia
North America
South America
Antarctica
Antarctica is the least populated continent. Asia is the most populated.

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Which of the following is NOT an ocean?
Atlantic
Pacific
Indian
Red
There is no such thing as the Red Ocean. There is, however, a Red Sea.

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What is the largest country in the world?
England
Peru
Russia
Russia is the largest country by landmass in the world. Russia is over 6 million square miles.
Mexico

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What is the highest point on Earth?
Mt. Vesuvius
Mt. McKinley
Mt. St Helens
Mt. Everest
Mt. Everest is the highest point on earth. Everest stands a whopping 29,029 feet.

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Which of the following is the world's largest freshwater lake?
Lake Erie
Lake Huron
Lake Ontario
Lake Superior
Lake Superior is the world's largest freshwater lake. Lake Superior is one of the Great Lakes.

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Which of the world's oceans is the warmest?
Atlantic
Pacific
Indian
The Indian Ocean is the warmest ocean. The Arctic ocean is the coldest.
Arctic

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What is the lowest point on land?
The Sahara Desert
The Dead Sea
The Dead Sea is the lowest point on land. The Dead Sea sits over 1,300 feet below sea level.
Mt McKinley
The Pacific Ocean

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What region is called the "Crossroads of the Ancient World"?
The Middle East
The Middle East is called the "Crossroads of the Ancient World." The Middle East controls much of the world's oil supply.
North America
The South Pole
The Gulf of Mexico

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What was Iran called before World War I?
China
India
Persia
Before World War I, Iran was known as Persia. The name was changed in 1935.
Turkey

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What is the capital of Syria?
Tokyo
Washington
Damascus
Damascus is the capital of Syria. The city was settled over four thousand years ago.
Paris

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What man-made body of water separate Africa and Asia?
The Panama Canal
The Hoover Dam
The Suez Canal
The Suez Canal separates Africa and Asia. The Suez Canal is in Egypt.
The Bering Strait

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A chain or cluster of islands is called an __________.
Hawaii
Archipelago
A chain or cluster of islands is called an archipelago. The Bahamas are a well-known archipelago.
Cuba
Florida

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A ___ is a flat representation of the Earth.
Map
A map is a flat representation of the Earth, or a portion of it. Maps, because they are flat, are actually distorted representations.
Globe
Ball
Sun

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Where is Mt. Ararat?
Turkey
Mt. Ararat is in Turkey. It is the highest point in Turkey.
Washington State
Canada
Peru

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What is the world's most populous country?
Russia
Peru
Australia
China
China is the world's most populous country. China is home to over 1.4 billion people.

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Imaginary lines that run parallel to the equator are called ________.
latitude
Imaginary lines that run parallel to the equator are called latitude. The Equator has a latitude of 0°.
longitude
poles
timelines

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A tropical concentration of trees is called what?
rainforest
A tropical concentration of trees is called a rainforest. Rainforests typically have annual rainfalls of at least 100 inches.
green woods
mountain range
arid desert

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