Geography General Knowledge #13

Can you answer these random geography questions?
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Last updated: August 2, 2021
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In which country is the Serengeti located?
What are the two most populous urban areas in North America?
Mexico City
New York
What is the highest possible longitude, in degrees?
What is the only country in the world that is home to wild lions AND wild tigers?
What is the only country in the world whose name starts with Y?
What commonly-used map projection makes Greenland appear to be
approximately the same size as Africa?
Mercator Projection
Name one of Canada's "Atlantic Provinces".
New Brunswick |
Newfoundland and Labrador |
Nova Scotia |
Prince Edward Island
What city is sometimes called "The Paris of the Pampas"?
Buenos Aires
What are siroccos, chinooks, and mistrals?
What city completely surrounds Vatican City?
What religion is symbolized by this emoji?
What "T" word refers to vast, treeless plain with permafrost?
Name a country, other than Guinea, which has the word "Guinea" in its name.
Equatorial Guinea |
Guinea-Bissau |
Papua New Guinea
What river forms the eastern border of the West Bank?
River Jordan
What is the Spanish term for a town square?
In Russia, it's a Duma. In Israel, it's a Knesset. What is it in Great Britain?
Among major U.S. cities, which one has the highest all-time
recorded temperature? (50°C, 122° F)
What river does the Three Gorges Dam dam?
What is the northernmost capital city in Africa?
Level 75
Aug 3, 2021
There could be a whole quiz of cities called "The Paris of ...". Have they all got pricey parking and snooty waiters beautiful architecture and cultural majesty?
Level 68
Jun 16, 2022
There can also be a whole quiz of cities called "Pearl of the ..." or "City of ...".
Level 56
May 18, 2023
"The city that never sleeps" has been attributed to TONS of cities
Level 68
Jul 25, 2023
Pricey parking -> metro or bicycle

Snooty waiters -> I heard that Americans are not used to say "hello" when they enter a shop or a restaurant. Say it and you will instantly get a better service because, you know, people are not your slaves.

Level 79
Dec 30, 2023
Or better: say 'bonjour'/'bonsoir' (depending on time of day)
Level 81
Aug 4, 2021
I like this quiz, very good
Level 45
Aug 6, 2021
Zocalo is also Spanish for town square
Level 82
Aug 6, 2021
The Spanish word "zócalo" means plinth or pedestal. The main square of Mexico City is fully referred to as the Plaza del Zócalo, though its official name is Plaza de la Constitución. The zócalo in question was the base for a monument to Mexico's independence that was built during Santa Ana's presidency, but never finished. Because the plinth stayed there without the monument ever being built, the square gained the nickname of Square of the Plinth, or, in Spanish, 'Plaza del Zócalo' (for the record, the plinth is now buried, but the name lives on). So in short, zócalo doesn't mean town square, though it is used (informally) to refer specifically to Mexico City's central square.
Level 72
Aug 10, 2021
Thanks for the thoughtful and thorough response. One note: a number of English-speakers have appropriated the term to mean a forum (just like we earlier repurposed the Roman Forum into a generic term for a place, or sometimes just the abstract possibility, for discussion of public issues). That does not change its meaning in Spanish, of course, but does explain the confusion some of us (myself included) had on this subject.
Level 57
Aug 9, 2021
Interesting quiz. I was stumped on question 16.
Level 58
Aug 10, 2021
I was definitely in PHX the day after they had 127 degrees Fahrenheit in 1990
Level ∞
Aug 10, 2021
It was in 1990, but sadly only 122 degrees.
Level 72
Aug 10, 2021
Great quiz, good mix of subjects! Had a bit of a hard time with parliament, though. Tried a few different spellings before getting the right one... Maybe add a few more options? (Parliement, parlement, parlament, parliment, etc.)
Level ∞
Aug 10, 2021
Added more accepted spellings.
Level 70
Aug 13, 2021
Shouldn't the (only) correct answer be "House of Commons"? In contrast to the Duma, "UK Parliament" includes the upper house.
Level 66
Aug 12, 2021
Hi @Quizmaster.

This is a good quiz.

Thank you. Needs to be added to the list of geography quiz series

Level 60
Aug 15, 2021
You should accept houses of parliament.
Level 67
Aug 18, 2021
Can you accept Mercador?
Level 67
May 23, 2023
I thought Westminster would be a better analogy.
Level 56
Aug 3, 2023
Please accept el centro for town square
Level 51
Jan 1, 2024
el centro is not specific enough. That is just the central part of the city. If I lived in Madrid and told you to meet up in el centro that could be any of the central neighbourhoods of Madrid and not a town square
Level 55
Jan 15, 2024
looking at the toughest question in terms of % that get it, do I take it that North Americans might have thought of helicopters?
Level 64
Feb 5, 2024
I find "Parliament" too generic. The equivalent of Duma and Knesset should be House of Commons.