5th Grade Geography Knowledge Quiz!

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5th Grade Geography Knowledge Quiz! - Quiz

When attending school, trying to pass geography class can be a bore and a pain. Still, we’re here to show you that a lot of the knowledge you acquire as part of a fifth-grade geography curriculum is actually quite important to take with you into your adult life. Why don’t you take this quiz to find out just how much you already know about the world we live in?


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    On which continent would a U.S citizen live?

    • A.

      United States

    • B.

      South America

    • C.

      North America

    • D.

      Canada

    Correct Answer
    C. North America
    Explanation
    A U.S citizen would live on the continent of North America because the United States is located in North America.

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  • 2. 

    What is a continent?

    • A.

      A large body of water surrounded by land.

    • B.

      A large land mass surrounded by water.

    • C.

      Any land with people living on it.

    • D.

      Any body of water

    Correct Answer
    B. A large land mass surrounded by water.
    Explanation
    A continent is a large land mass surrounded by water. This is because continents are defined as the largest continuous areas of land on Earth, typically separated by oceans or seas. They are distinct from islands, which are smaller land masses surrounded by water. Therefore, the correct answer is "A large land mass surrounded by water."

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  • 3. 

    What continent is directly below us on a map?

    • A.

      South America

    • B.

      South Dakota

    • C.

      South Carolina

    • D.

      Canada

    Correct Answer
    A. South America
    Explanation
    The correct answer is South America because when looking at a map, South America is located directly below North America. It is the southernmost continent in the Western Hemisphere and is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west.

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  • 4. 

    Which are the 7 continents?

    • A.

      North America, South America, Europe, Virginia, Austrailia, Antarctica

    • B.

      North America, South Dakota, Europe, England, Austrailia, Asia

    • C.

      England, France, Germany, United States, Soviet Union, Ireland, Iceland

    • D.

      North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Antarctica, Australia, Africa

    Correct Answer
    D. North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Antarctica, Australia, Africa
    Explanation
    The correct answer is North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Antarctica, Australia, Africa. These are the seven continents recognized by most geographers and international organizations.

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  • 5. 

    Eurasia is the combination of two continents?

    • A.

      Europe and Asia

    • B.

      Europe and Africa

    • C.

      Asia and Australia

    • D.

      Europe and North America

    Correct Answer
    A. Europe and Asia
    Explanation
    Eurasia is the combination of two continents, Europe and Asia. These two continents are geographically connected and share a landmass, making them a single landmass known as Eurasia. Europe and Asia are separated by the Ural Mountains and the Ural River, but they are considered to be part of the same landmass due to their close proximity and shared history.

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  • 6. 

    Which is characterized by old, eroded mountains and has the oldest mountain range in North America?

    • A.

      Rocky Mountains

    • B.

      Appalachian Highlands

    • C.

      Scotland Highlands

    • D.

      Interior Lowlands

    Correct Answer
    B. Appalachian Highlands
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Appalachian Highlands. The Appalachian Highlands is characterized by old, eroded mountains and is home to the oldest mountain range in North America. The region stretches across the eastern United States, from Alabama to Newfoundland, and is known for its scenic beauty and diverse ecosystems. The Appalachian Mountains have been shaped by millions of years of erosion, resulting in their distinct appearance and age.

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  • 7. 

    This river runs north to south from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.

    • A.

      Mississippi

    • B.

      Missouri

    • C.

      Ohio

    • D.

      Colorado

    Correct Answer
    A. Mississippi
    Explanation
    The Mississippi River is the correct answer because it is the longest river in North America and runs from north to south, starting in Canada and ending at the Gulf of Mexico. It spans over 2,300 miles and passes through several states, including Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana. The river is an important transportation route and has played a significant role in the history and development of the United States.

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  • 8. 

    This river forms the border between the U.S. and Mexico.

    • A.

      Mississippi

    • B.

      Ohio

    • C.

      Platte

    • D.

      Rio Grande

    Correct Answer
    D. Rio Grande
    Explanation
    The Rio Grande is the correct answer because it forms the border between the United States and Mexico. The Mississippi, Ohio, and Platte rivers do not serve as borders between these two countries. The Rio Grande, on the other hand, is a major river that runs along the southwestern border of the United States and separates it from Mexico.

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  • 9. 

    The Columbia river was explored by__________.

    • A.

      Lewis and Clark

    • B.

      Coronado and Columbus

    • C.

      Ponce de Leon

    • D.

      Vespucci

    Correct Answer
    A. Lewis and Clark
    Explanation
    Lewis and Clark explored the Columbia River. They were part of the Corps of Discovery expedition, commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson in 1803 to explore the western portion of the United States. Lewis and Clark, along with their team, embarked on a journey that took them through the Columbia River system, mapping and documenting the region's geography and resources. Their exploration of the Columbia River was a significant achievement in the expansion and understanding of the western territories of the United States.

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  • 10. 

    The five great lakes are ________

    • A.

      Superior, Meade, Rappahannock, Erie, Huron

    • B.

      Huron, Superior, Erie, Michigan, Ontario

    • C.

      Ontario, Superior, Erie, Michigan

    • D.

      Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Colorado, Columbia

    Correct Answer
    B. Huron, Superior, Erie, Michigan, Ontario
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Huron, Superior, Erie, Michigan, Ontario. The five great lakes are Huron, Superior, Erie, Michigan, and Ontario.

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