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Geography True or False #2

Try to guess whether these geographical statements are true or false.
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First submittedFebruary 7, 2019
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1. Sydney is the capital of Australia
True
False
The capital of Australia is Canberra
2. Paris is on the coast
True
False
3. The Prime Meridian passes through London
True
False
4. Florida is the southernmost state in the U.S.
True
False
Hawaii is further south
5. More than 2/3rds of people from the Netherlands can have a conversation in English
True
False
About 90% of Dutch people can converse in English
6. Every country in the world has a rectangular flag
True
False
The flag of Nepal is not rectangular
7. The United Nations headquarters are located in New York City
True
False
8. El Paso is on the U.S. border with Mexico
True
False
9. The United States emits more carbon dioxide than any other country
True
False
China emits more than twice as much CO2 as the U.S.
10. Turkey is a country with an above-average amount of religious diversity
True
False
More than 98% of Turkey is Muslim. The vast majority are Sunnis.
11. Belgium borders exactly two other countries
True
False
Belgium borders France, Germany, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands
12. France gets most of its electricity from nuclear power
True
False
13. Hindi is the most commonly-spoken language in India
True
False
14. The currency of Spain is the Peso
True
False
Spain uses the Euro
15. Of the twenty poorest countries in the world, most of them are in Africa
True
False
17 of the world's 20 poorest countries are in Africa
16. Japan has a high unemployment rate compared to other countries
True
False
As of July 2021, Japan's unemployment rate was under 3%
73 Comments
+17
Level 75
Feb 7, 2019
How are we defining "London"? Is Greenwich in London?
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Level ∞
Feb 8, 2019
Yes. Unless you believe that London is only the city of London. But no reasonable person limits it that way.
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Level 42
Feb 8, 2019
And I thought that greenwich is near London for some reasons. Okay since I don't have any knowledge about that , hence no argument.
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Level 65
Apr 19, 2019
London includes around 33 boroughs, of which Greenwich is one (for example, these boroughs have their transport co-ordinated by "Transport for London" and the Metropolitan Police service all those boroughs. Furthermore, they all elect the Mayor of London). The generally accepted delimitation is the M25, which Greenwich is well inside. If you exclude Greenwich, then also exclude the Palace of Westminster and Paddington Station from London, cause they are also outside the City. As the Quizmaster said, no-one excludes Greenwich from London.
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Level 84
Apr 19, 2019
Greenwich is absolutely in London haggy. (Yes, officially!) It's not even at the limits, other boroughs are beyond it.
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Level 70
Apr 19, 2019
You did not specify the London Metro Area, you simply said "London." As a Yank, I assumed this referred to the city proper, and we all grew up being taught about Greenwich Mean Time and the importance of Greenwich, with little or no reference to London at all. That's like saying the Pentagon is in Washington, D.C. It isn't, it's in Arlington, VA. It's in the D.C. metro area, yes, but not the city of Washington proper nor in the District of Columbia. I would just consider rewording to make the intent crystal clear.

Great quiz, though!

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Level 82
Apr 21, 2023
A better comparison would be that it's like saying that Coney Island is in New York City. Which it is.

It's not just about the 'metro area' - there's an actual, defined Greater London which consists of the 33 boroughs, of which one is Greenwich. The fact that you were taught about Greenwich Mean Time, but not the fact that Greenwich is a part of London, is a failing of your education providers, not the QM.

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Level 65
Aug 25, 2023
This quiz is too UK-centric.
+13
Level ∞
Apr 19, 2019
@jwils79. As a fellow Yank, read what @skiesboy said. You're making us look bad. :)
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Level 56
Nov 20, 2023
Your patronizing attitude towards everyone is making us look bad. Why would American schools standardize teaching about the Greater London Area? Do they teach about the what towns/cities are in the New York Metro area to English students? Do they know the difference between LA and Orange? It's silly to insult Americans for not communicating like Brits, just like it would be silly to insult Brits for not communicating like Americans
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Level 84
Apr 24, 2019
jwils79 From a British perspective, when someone refers to "London" the assumption is that they are talking about Greater London including all its boroughs, unless they specify otherwise. The "City of London" is just one small borough, and referred to by its full name. People might say "central/inner London" for the central area (basically Zone 1 on the underground map), but if someone says they are from "London" that could be from anywhere in Greater London and would not at all mean that they live in the City or even central London. I thought the same applied internationally when referring to London. I've often seen international TV mentioning events happening in "London" that are outside the City or central London. The London Riots spring to mind, which happened in places like Ealing and Croydon, well outside the centre.
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Level 43
Jun 22, 2019
If you asked any American where the Pentagon is, 99/100 will say Washington and I'd consider that right
+4
Level 78
Apr 21, 2023
I always thought Greenwich was a city of its own... this just shows that you really can learn things on Jetpunk
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Level 56
Nov 20, 2023
Maybe it is obvious for the English, but this is not obvious for other countries. Americans typically specify metro vs proper. For example several New Jersey towns are considered part of the Greater New York area, but you would still not be considered in New York.
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Level 72
Feb 8, 2019
Yep and Greenwich Village is in New York.
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Level 94
Feb 8, 2019
also, swiss flag is a square
+32
Level 77
Feb 8, 2019
The definition of rectangle is a four-sided shape where all angles are right angles. That includes squares. So all squares are rectangles, even though all rectangles are not squares! Math is fun.
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Level 73
Feb 13, 2019
Yes, but the flag of Nepal is neither square nor rectangular.
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Level 65
Dec 10, 2021
And that's why that question was false
+3
Level 84
Apr 22, 2023
I thought it was a pretty honest question.
+3
Level 70
Feb 10, 2019
Do really more Indian speak Hindi than English?
+6
Level 79
Feb 11, 2019
Wow. About 10% of Indians are proficient English speakers.
+3
Level 42
Mar 23, 2019
Yeah! English is basically second language for Indians. Hindi is most common .
+6
Level 86
Apr 19, 2019
I must have run into every single one of the 10% who can't converse in English when I was in the Netherlands a few weeks ago. I had to rely on my rudimentary Dutch for most of my conversations.
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Level 37
Nov 5, 2019
^ Being able to speak a language and being willing to speak it are two different things. At least a rudimentary knowledge of English is one of the requirements for graduation from secondary school in the Netherlands. (At least when I was a student there).
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Level 83
Apr 21, 2023
By that logic it's possible that older people have forgotten most or all of the English they learnt in school, but nobody has been keeping track of the figures
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Level 59
Aug 25, 2023
It is possible that’s true: in fact that’s probably the 10%
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Level 68
Apr 19, 2024
You seemed to have been talking to people that are either 85+ or immigrants haha

Some 70+ or 75+ might not feel confident enough to do so though. (or in some cases stubborn, not sure if that is an age thing or the time period they were raised in. But generally people automatically switch to English when they know or hear that you are a foreigner. They don't even think about it)

I must add there is a slight difference in, well let's call it location. The smaller the villages and more rural, and the heavier the dialect, the greater the chance that they can't (or won't) speak English very well.

Plus there is a big difference between being able to do it, and to have to do it on the spot. I am proficient enough in English to have high level conversations but when it has been a long time I need some time to warm up haha.

I have this even more with German, I can understand 90% of a conversation, but when I have someone in front of me my brain can't produce a sentence. Total brainfreeze

+4
Level 28
Apr 19, 2019
Looks like 29% of people forgot that Hawaii exists
+2
Level 43
Jun 22, 2019
I think the tip of Texas is also farther south
+4
Level 60
Dec 10, 2021
No, the Florida Keys are farther south than that. The answer to the question would've been true prior to 1959.
+1
Level 20
Jun 19, 2023
i was thinking of Texas instead of Hawaii
+4
Level 45
Nov 7, 2019
I don't think that's a fair statement to make. I definitely didn't forget that Hawaii exists, but just outthought myself. For many of those people, they probably had an issue with whether the question was asking for the contiguous US or all 50 states included.

I don't think that the question should be changed though, as the other quizzes in this series do specify when it isn't talking about all 50 and it adds difficulty to the question.

+3
Level 63
Apr 19, 2019
The question on the UN’s a trick question. It is physically on the island of Manhattan in New York, NY, USA, but it is legally on diplomatic grounds. I suppose I overthought my answer (I’m from NY, and have seen the building more times than I can count), but if it IS a trick question - and I think it is - it should be removed or both answers accepted.
+13
Level 70
Apr 19, 2019
It may not legally be in the USA, but it is still in New York City. The Vatican is in Rome, but not in Italy.
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Level 82
Apr 19, 2019
I wouldn't call that a trick question. You are overthinking it. The land is still in New York. I'd say that Vatican thing is less clear than this.
+2
Level 61
Apr 20, 2019
Nerd
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Level 81
Sep 10, 2022
As if you can make it to level 61 without being a nerd…
+1
Level 59
Jan 22, 2021
I thought it was on an island that ran parallel to Manhattan in the East River, but regardless it is inside the city boundaries.

Nevermind, it's just next to that island, not on it.

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Level 67
Jan 24, 2022
I'm not sure how both answers could be accepted in a true/false quiz.

That would be a fun concept though. Create a True/false quiz full of trick questions and then accept both answers for all of them.

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Level 76
Apr 19, 2019
Spelling: peso and euro. Currency names aren't capitalised - if you're not convinced, when is the last time you read something referring to Dollars?
+2
Level 82
Apr 19, 2019
hm... I knew that France got a lot of its electricity from nuclear but I thought it was more like 30-40% and this was a trick question. I was apparently wrong. Missed that and the prime meridian question. I didn't know Greenwich and London were on the same longitude.
+11
Level 70
Nov 5, 2019
Greenwich is in London.
+1
Level 59
Jan 22, 2021
I've heard that it is around 90%.
+1
Level 64
Apr 24, 2019
Huh, I thought Japan was still in a horrible recession. I guess I was wrong.
+2
Level 59
Jan 22, 2021
I don't know, but the population is aging, and less people are being born, so it could be that, or at least that's why I answered it that way.
+2
Level 83
Apr 21, 2023
Kids, students and pensioners don't count toward unemployment rates.
+2
Level 68
Jun 19, 2023
Everyone's got a job, wages are just stagnant.
+1
Level 46
Apr 25, 2019
Great quiz. Got100%.
+2
Level 78
Nov 5, 2019
I am gobsmacked that I got full marks on this Quiz. Jolly good show, what, old chap, don't you think?
+1
Level 78
Nov 5, 2019
An idea to make this quiz easier would be to use the conventional quiz format; that way the quiz-taker would be able to type in either 'True' or 'False' for each question until they get all of them correct.
+1
Level 71
Jan 26, 2020
"Generally accepted" by whom? I doubt that anyone in the UK thinks that the area inside the M25 is all in London. And also part of Greater London is in fact outside the M25.
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Level 50
Feb 9, 2020
Bro got the Japan one wrong. Facepalm
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Level 29
Feb 21, 2020
100% in 44 seconds
+13
Level 75
Oct 26, 2021
"Of the twenty poorest countries in the world, most of them are in Africa"

This question could start:

"Of the thirty..."

"Of the forty..."

"Of the fifty..."

"Of the sixty..."

"Of the seventy..."

"Of the eighty..."

"Of the ninety..."

And the answer would still be true.

According to my counting, 48 of the 100 poorest countries in the world are in Africa by GDP (nominal) per capita, or 49/100 by GDP (PPP) per capita.

Pretty sobering.

+1
Level 62
Dec 10, 2021
I think we need a primer on what the definition of Geography is...this is more general global knowledge True of False. The amount of a population who are religious is not a geography question, neither are monetary units, employment rates, poverty, etc. Those are sociological and economics questions.
+9
Level 81
Sep 10, 2022
If you’re at level 58 and haven’t seen Quizmaster’s “human geography” explanation, I don’t know what you’ve been doing.
+1
Level 56
Jan 25, 2023
Hawaii is further south than Florida.
+3
Level 73
Mar 25, 2023
How did you know?
+1
Level 72
Apr 21, 2023
And who says it isn't?
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Level 69
Apr 22, 2023
Just to add to your explanations once the quiz is over: Nepal is not the only non-rectangular flag. Both Switzerland and Vatican City have square flags. I know there are those who'd argue that a square is just a special kind of rectangle, but most vexillology and trivia sites include these two as non-rectangular.
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Level 79
Apr 23, 2023
I challenge you to provide a good argument as to why any square is "non-rectangular". I hope your geometry teacher doesn't read your answer though.
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Level 84
Apr 24, 2023
This just means that geometry teachers all around the world need to stress more that a square is a special kind of rectangle, and that a circle is a special kind of ellipse.

Just so people running vexillology and trivia sites don't go falsely saying "the Swiss flag is not a rectangle".

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Level 43
May 18, 2023
Am I trippin cuz there is literally a “monument” in Key West “FLORIDA” saying “Most Southern Part of the United Stares”
+3
Level 75
May 24, 2023
The "monument" clearly says, in block letters, "CONTINENTAL U.S.A."
+2
Level 69
Aug 11, 2023
That monument also is not on the exact southernmost point
+1
Level 67
Aug 29, 2023
About 3 blocks away, as iirc.
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Level 56
Aug 25, 2023
I always get all but one correct
+1
Level 28
Aug 25, 2023
I was today years old when I found out Sydney wasn't the capital of Australia
+1
Level 34
Aug 25, 2023
good quiz
+1
Level 21
Aug 26, 2023
1 wrong
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Level 56
Aug 27, 2023
Surprised myself by getting all of them correct on the first try. I'm getting better at these geographical quizzes
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Level 23
Feb 26, 2024
Chinese excess gases cooked my Turkey (or is Turkiye?) on this one. Oh why, why must l always be two questions shy of full marks?