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U.S. Geographical Trivia Quiz - Quiz

Known to be very diverse and ranging from rocky mountains to deserts, plains, and forests, the United States of America is in the category of one of the most geographically diverse countries of the world. Answer these selected questions to determine how much of the physical geography of the United States that you know.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    How many major geographical regions is the United States of America divided into?

    • A.

      4

    • B.

      7

    • C.

      5

    • D.

      10

    Correct Answer
    C. 5
    Explanation
    The United States of America is divided into five major geographical regions. These regions include the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, and West. Each region has its own unique characteristics and features, such as climate, terrain, and cultural aspects. This division helps to categorize and understand the different parts of the country based on their geographical similarities and differences.

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  • 2. 

    Which region of the United States is the Mississippi-Missouri river in?

    • A.

      MidWest

    • B.

      Northeast

    • C.

      Southeast

    • D.

      West

    Correct Answer
    A. MidWest
    Explanation
    The Mississippi-Missouri river is located in the MidWest region of the United States. This region is known for its vast agricultural lands, including the fertile floodplains along the Mississippi-Missouri river system. The river serves as a major transportation route for goods and is also an important water source for irrigation. The MidWest region is characterized by its flat terrain, and the Mississippi-Missouri river is a prominent feature of this landscape.

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  • 3. 

    Which of these is not a state in the Southeast region of the United States of America?

    • A.

      Virginia

    • B.

      Alabama

    • C.

      Tennessee

    • D.

      Nevada

    Correct Answer
    D. Nevada
    Explanation
    Nevada is not a state in the Southeast region of the United States of America. The Southeast region consists of states located on or near the southeastern coast of the country, such as Virginia, Alabama, and Tennessee. Nevada, on the other hand, is located in the western part of the United States, specifically in the Southwest region. Therefore, Nevada does not belong to the Southeast region.

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  • 4. 

    This United States region can be described as cold and mountainous

    • A.

      Hawaii

    • B.

      The MidWest

    • C.

      Alaska

    • D.

      The Southeast

    Correct Answer
    C. Alaska
    Explanation
    Alaska is the correct answer because it is a region in the United States that is known for its cold climate and mountainous terrain. It is located in the far northwestern part of North America and is characterized by its vast wilderness, including the Alaska Range and numerous glaciers. The state experiences long, harsh winters with heavy snowfall and has a generally cold climate throughout the year. Its mountainous landscape offers stunning views and opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing, and wildlife viewing.

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  • 5. 

    _____ is the longest river system in the United States

    • A.

      Missisipi-Missouri

    • B.

      San Joaquin

    • C.

      Hudson

    • D.

      Potomac

    Correct Answer
    A. Missisipi-Missouri
    Explanation
    The Missisipi-Missouri river system is the longest river system in the United States. It is formed by the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers and stretches over 3,700 miles, making it the longest river in North America. The system flows through multiple states and plays a crucial role in transportation, agriculture, and ecology.

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  • 6. 

    The lowest point in North America is in the _____

    • A.

      Death Valley

    • B.

      Grand Canyon

    • C.

      Great Basin

    • D.

      Great rift valley

    Correct Answer
    A. Death Valley
    Explanation
    Death Valley is the correct answer because it is located in the United States and is known for being the lowest point in North America. It is situated in the Mojave Desert and has an elevation of 282 feet below sea level. Death Valley is famous for its extreme heat and arid conditions, making it one of the hottest and driest places on Earth. The other options, such as the Grand Canyon, Great Basin, and Great Rift Valley, are not the lowest points in North America.

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  • 7. 

    The state of Montana is in what region of the United States

    • A.

      The West

    • B.

      Northeast

    • C.

      Southwest

    • D.

      Southeast

    Correct Answer
    A. The West
    Explanation
    Montana is located in the western region of the United States. The state is bordered by Idaho to the west, Wyoming to the south, North Dakota and South Dakota to the east, and Canada to the north. The Rocky Mountains and various national parks, such as Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park, are prominent features of this region. Therefore, it can be concluded that Montana is in the West region of the United States.

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  • 8. 

    Which of these rivers entrenched itself to form the Grand Canyon?

    • A.

      Colorado river

    • B.

      Trinity river

    • C.

      Connecticut river

    • D.

      The Sacramento river

    Correct Answer
    A. Colorado river
    Explanation
    The Colorado River is the correct answer because it has carved out the Grand Canyon over millions of years through the process of erosion. The river's powerful force, combined with the uplift of the Colorado Plateau, has resulted in the deep and steep canyon that we see today. The Colorado River has been cutting through the layers of rock, exposing the geological history of the region and creating one of the most iconic natural wonders in the world.

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  • 9. 

    All of the following are in the MidWest region except?

    • A.

      Ohio

    • B.

      Kansas

    • C.

      Nebraska

    • D.

      Kentucky

    Correct Answer
    D. Kentucky
    Explanation
    Kentucky is not in the MidWest region. The other three options, Ohio, Kansas, and Nebraska, are all states that are located in the MidWest region of the United States.

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  • 10. 

    With what country does the United States share a territorial water border in the northwest?

    • A.

      Mexico

    • B.

      Canada

    • C.

      Russia

    • D.

      Cuba

    Correct Answer
    C. Russia
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