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American Geography Quiz for Dummies

Can you answer these 20 easy geography questions about the United States?
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Last updated: May 5, 2020
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Which two countries does the United States border?
Canada
Mexico
Everything's bigger in Texas. But one state is more than twice the size of Texas.
What is it?
Alaska
"Saint Lewis" is incorrectly spelled. What is the correct spelling?
Saint Louis
In what U.S. territory would you find the city of San Juan?
Puerto Rico
Which state has the postal abbreviation FL?
Florida
What 151 foot tall copper statue can be found on an island in New York Harbor?
Statue of Liberty
What is the southernmost major city in the continental U.S.?
Miami
What state capital is known as the "Mile High City"?
Denver
The biggest city in Maine has the same name as the biggest city in Oregon. What is it?
Portland
Five states have a cardinal direction in their name:
South Carolina, South Dakota, North Carolina, North Dakota, and ...
West Virginia
Name one of the two biggest cities in Tennessee.
Nashville | Memphis
What is the capital of Utah?
Salt Lake City
What is the biggest city in New England?
Boston
What major city can be found near the southern end of the Mississippi River?
New Orleans
What mountain range runs through Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana?
Rocky Mountains
What is the smallest state by area?
Rhode Island
What city's Willis Tower, formerly known as the Sears Tower, was the
tallest building in the world for more than 20 years?
Chicago
What mountain has four Presidents carved into its face?
Mount Rushmore
Name one of the five boroughs of New York City.
Brooklyn | Bronx |
Manhattan |
Queens | Staten Island
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Level 78
May 5, 2020
Not so totally easy for a person who has never been to America. Escepially the "biggest cities" question was tricky. I totally guessed the Oregon-Maine-one, and for the Tennessee-one (with "ss", by the way) being a Chuck-Berry-Fan helped.
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Level 67
May 6, 2020
Yeah it wasn't very easy for me. That being said, I got everything except Portland
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Level 67
May 6, 2020
I agree for the average person not from america I would not label this an easy quiz. The first and the last question though felt tóó easy. (along the lines of spell usa, it felt very weird ending with that question after the other ones).

If I would take my mom as, what to call it, calibration point? She would obviously get the first and last right, and probably Florida and statue of liberty. (she would know both, but is not great at thinking under pressure ;) so might get intimidated by the questions and beforehand would say she doesn't know anything "You can stop asking me! I won't know the answers anyway!" and then I give all the answers and she would say, ow yea, all those names do sound familiar)

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Level 59
Oct 1, 2022
as a non-american, the last one wasn't that obvious
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Level 77
Sep 30, 2022
Agree. For a European like me all state-oriented questions (like the capitals, biggest cities etc.) are very difficult. The "problem" lies actually in the concept itself: because the states are not independent countries, they do not seem important.
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Level 89
May 5, 2020
To be that type of guy that we all know and love, where the Mississippi meets the ocean is nearly uninhabitable. New Orleans is 100 miles away. Most residents have never seen or been anywhere near the mouth of the river.
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Level ∞
May 6, 2020
Good point. Changed the question slightly.
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Level 70
Jun 11, 2020
According its city charter, the correct spelling of "Saint Lewis" would be "St. Louis".

https://library.municode.com/mo/st._louis/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=CH_ARTIIN

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Level 56
Jun 14, 2020
There actually is a Saint Lewis. It's a small town in North Carolina.
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Level 65
Jun 11, 2020
As for New Orleans' position relative to the mouth of the Mississippi, a number of reverse-tributaries flow from the Mississippi Upstream of new orleans to the ocean, which technically means that New Orleans is in a delta, which is kind of the end of the river.
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Level 60
Jun 11, 2020
100% and from Australia...
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Level 56
Jun 8, 2022
ok
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Level 53
Jun 11, 2020
As someone who is classified a geography nerd, this quiz isn't easy per say. I got 100% but still, even someone with insane geo knowledge wouldn't be able to clear 80%.
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Level 77
Jun 11, 2020
You seem to have very poor expectation of people's knowledge. I'd say anyone who does reasonably well in geography should easily make at least 80%. Someone with insane geo knowledge on the other hand should get 100% hands down. (I got 95% btw).
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Level 61
Mar 11, 2021
You forget that not everyone is an American superfan...
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Level 60
Jun 11, 2020
I was legit scared I might miss one of them and end up as a dummy.
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Level 38
Jun 11, 2020
I'm so dumb, I guessed East Virginia 4 times :(
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Level 68
Jun 11, 2020
19 / 20 first try, didn't get the 'Mile High City' question. I don't feel like that nickname is really that well-known outside of the US. At least not here in Germany.
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Level 77
Jun 11, 2020
One of the beauties of this website is that it improves your general - and world - knowledge. I'm sure you'll come across a few more quizzes which have a question about Mile High City. And then you will know the answer! :)
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Level 44
Jun 11, 2020
Nobody denies the fact that one acquires knowledge by taking quizzes with answers they cannot get on the first try. The issue is that the quiz is supposed to be very easy and a question like that seems out of place.
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Level 59
Jun 11, 2020
Exactly! Most Americans (myself included) have never heard of Wuppertal, Bochum, Karlsruhe, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern or Bielefeld! Jetpunk has given me knowledge of other countries (not just Germany), and I'm sure I'm not alone on this matter.
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Level 78
Jun 11, 2020
The quiz should be renamed as "American Geography Quiz that should be easy for Americans or people who are versed in matters pertaining to America".
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Level 78
Jun 12, 2020
Although I must admit that "Mile High" and Portland came relatively late in my education on America.
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Level 56
Jun 8, 2022
Yeah, because there's a lot to learn about a continent.
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Level 46
Sep 30, 2022
I only got that by randomly guessing cities I was aware of no matter geographical position for another question (which I didn't end up getting anyways, what even is a New Orleans anyways [I'm from Canada for geographical reference])
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Level 59
Jun 11, 2020
Would you accept Six Grandfathers as an alternate entry for Mt. Rushmore? (Yeah, I'm trolling. Most people don't know it as that, but Mt. McKinley has reverted to Denali, so it could happen.)
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Level 53
Nov 5, 2020
Yea no
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Level 40
Jun 14, 2020
I read 'Southernmost Major City' as 'Southernmost Capital City', and spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to spell Tallahasee, and only got Miami with 12 seconds left. :(
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Level 62
Jul 30, 2020
"For dummies". This was very hard for a non-American like me
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Level 56
Jun 8, 2022
This was hard for me... an American.
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Level 71
Jan 28, 2021
I guess I'm a dummy. But I forgive myself because I'm not an American and I have never been in the US. The questions might be easy for US citizens, but not so much for the rest of us.
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Level 68
Sep 30, 2022
Obviously, this quiz being easy means it's easier than other quizzes, not that it's necessarily easy for you personally. If you didn't get all the answers, then you've learnt something - don't complain, be happy!
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Level 23
Oct 1, 2022
Isn't Key West the southernmost city in the continental U.S.?
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Level 37
Oct 2, 2022
You are totally right, but it isn’t a major city
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Level 41
Oct 2, 2022
Relatively easy. I’m a Brit just missed out on Boston.
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Level 37
Oct 2, 2022
As a non-American Denver the high mile city maybe isn’t so easy.
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Level 55
Oct 3, 2022
Could be made into a 60 sec sprint for Americans to make it a test of one's typing skills!?!
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Level 78
Oct 4, 2022
47.8% got 100%. It must be easy.
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Level 33
Dec 16, 2022
The Rockies run down into New Mexico as well...
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Level 58
Sep 19, 2023
Is 62% too bad for an argentinean, or am I just ignorant?