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Topological Map of the USA Quiz

A topological map is a type of diagram that has been simplified so that only vital information, such as borders, remains and unnecessary detail, such as size and shape, has been removed. Fill in this map of the contiguous United States by correctly guessing each highlighted state.
Michigan is represented as a single polygon, to avoid confusion.
Lake Michigan is included as the shaded rectangle.
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Quiz by zwerth66
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Last updated: September 22, 2020
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First submittedJune 8, 2020
Times taken20,154
Average score56.3%
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Alabama
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming
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44 Comments
+5
Level 56
Jun 9, 2020
Only I got wrong were Arkansas and Missouri. Great Quiz. Nominated it!
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Level 68
Jun 9, 2020
Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it :)
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Level 68
Jun 16, 2020
Subscribe,Nominate,5 stars, this quiz was amazing, how did you do it?
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Level 68
Jun 16, 2020
I'm glad you enjoyed it! I used a program called Inkscape to make the map and then uploaded it to JetPunk. There are a number of helpful posts describing the process of making an SVG map if you look them up. Also, if you liked this quiz, make sure to check out my World version of the quiz.
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Level 81
Jun 19, 2020
Cool quiz. Took some time to figure out but I got 100%, just had to go slowly. Nominated.
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Level 56
Sep 22, 2020
Needs a lot more time, maybe five more minutes. I ran out of time with three left unguessed, and i started randomly guessing when i had 16 left and there were two minutes left.
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Level 68
Sep 22, 2020
Sure, I can add a few more minutes.
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Level 56
Oct 2, 2020
Thanks!
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Level 51
Oct 30, 2020
100%!
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Level 65
Nov 22, 2020
I love how the four-corner point turned out
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Level 75
Jun 11, 2021
Ah that's what it is...!
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Level 65
Dec 6, 2020
How do you do topographical maps?
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Level 74
Jan 31, 2021
I only missed Iowa, great quiz! Nominated!
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Level 75
Jun 11, 2021
Missed Iowa and failed to recalibrate in time for Wisconsin.
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Level 71
Mar 30, 2021
Good quiz, nominated!
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Level 87
Apr 5, 2021
Any map with Florida being an inconsequential little blip in the corner is a great map by me!
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Level 73
Aug 18, 2023
Ditto Texas!
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Level 70
Apr 6, 2021
Awesome quiz, just like this whole topological serie. You're making an incredible work here dude!
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Level 43
Apr 7, 2021
100% at first attempt and I'm not even from US
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Level 95
Apr 7, 2021
Fun fact, Wyoming is rectangular on normal maps, but not on this one.
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Level 91
Apr 7, 2021
Another fun fact. Idaho looks like Idaho.
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Level 76
Apr 7, 2021
Wow, great quiz.
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Level 84
Apr 7, 2021
Way #834,120 to piss off a Texan: This map.

Also: Great quiz!

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Level 47
Apr 9, 2021
I don't get it...
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Level 75
Apr 11, 2021
What practical use do these maps serve? Other than fun quizzes, why would someone use such a map?
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Level 83
Apr 19, 2021
Metro maps (and also other transport maps) are usually topological as it doesn't matter where exactly the line goes, only how to get from one station to another and in which payment zone they are.
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Level 83
Apr 19, 2021
A theoretical example: say weed is legal in some states and not the others and you try to find out how to transport it overland. It's so valuable and risky to lose it that a long detour doesn't matter, only where you're allowed to go.
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Level 44
May 24, 2021
That's a good explanation, I never thought about that
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Level 46
May 13, 2021
dang, thought wisconsin was michigan, but thats the only one i missed
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Level 44
May 24, 2021
I find it funny that Texas is so small, and I am not exactly sure why Iowa was the most missed one.
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Level 16
Jun 10, 2021
weird quiz
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Level 69
Jun 11, 2021
Fun!
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Level 62
Jun 11, 2021
Is there any way to make it so that you type the answer instead of selecting from the list? It would make it easier on mobile
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Level 57
Jun 12, 2021
But then you could just guess wrong… unless jetpunk makes a wrong answer detector.
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Level 47
Jun 11, 2021
Took me 5 tries... jeeeez.
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Level 47
Jun 11, 2021
First try: 94% (Only missed New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maryland because I didn't understand the quiz in the beginning)
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Level 78
Jun 11, 2021
I like how Florida and Texas become so small and inconsequential while Massachusetts and Georgia become huge.
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Level 73
Jun 11, 2021
Wow this quiz was hard in the best way, a quiz where the huge midwest states are harder to identify than the east coast states, that's and accomplishment. Nice to see how this Dutchman with no US experience can still take a long time in a US geoquiz. Love it!
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Level 60
Jul 11, 2021
I got all jumbled up at this area

Montana

64%

0%

North Dakota

62%

0%

South Dakota

61%

0%

Minnesota

56%

0%

Wisconsin

48%

0%

Iowa

44%

0%

Besides that, i only missed Florida.

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Level 67
Jan 27, 2022
Interesting that Michigan does not border Illinois or Minnesota on this map, but Tanzania does border DR Congo on the world topological map. I don't know which way is more correct but interesting that one accepts borders through lakes and the other doesn't.
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Level 53
Mar 25, 2022
the area with minnesota, iowa, wisconsin, dakotas, is very weird. I don't know why when you go up from nebraska southdakota is west?
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Level 20
Dec 8, 2022
The normal map is already a topological map lol
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Level 65
Aug 2, 2023
I did this quiz like 4 or 5 times before I finally got the middle section right - I can't seem to decide where Iowa is, and even on a regular map can't keep Kansas and Nebraska straight. Really great quiz, well made.
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Level 80
Nov 14, 2023
It would be really helpful if scrolling over one you've already turned green told you what it is. I got a bit lost in the middle because I couldn't remember what I had already gotten right