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One of the things I say is that if you can climb a mountain, a staircase cannot worry you that much. On that note, if you are a student who is getting ready to take part in the geography bee contest this year and can handle the quiz below which is seen as the hardest trivia, the competition will be a breeze for you. Do give it a try!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Name the continent on which the Olympic Games were started?

    • A.

      Asia

    • B.

      Africa

    • C.

      Europe

    • D.

      North America

    Correct Answer
    C. Europe
    Explanation
    The Olympic Games were started in ancient Greece, which is located in Europe. The games were held in Olympia, a sanctuary site dedicated to the Greek gods. Over time, the Olympic Games have evolved and are now held in different countries around the world, but their origins can be traced back to Europe.

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  • 2. 

    Which continent includes the Atlas Mountains and Kalahari desert?

    • A.

      North America

    • B.

      Africa

    • C.

      Asia

    • D.

      Europe

    Correct Answer
    B. Africa
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Africa because the Atlas Mountains and Kalahari desert are both located on the African continent. The Atlas Mountains stretch across Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia, while the Kalahari desert covers parts of Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa. Therefore, Africa is the continent that includes both of these geographical features.

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  • 3. 

    Oland, Corsica and Malta are islands that are part of which continent? 

    • A.

      Asia

    • B.

      South America

    • C.

      Europe

    • D.

      Africa

    Correct Answer
    C. Europe
    Explanation
    Oland, Corsica, and Malta are islands that are part of the continent of Europe. Europe is known for its diverse geography, which includes several islands scattered throughout the Mediterranean Sea. Oland is an island located in Sweden, Corsica is part of France, and Malta is an independent island nation. These islands contribute to the rich cultural and historical heritage of Europe.

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  • 4. 

    Brisbane, Adelaine  Perth are ports on which continent?

    • A.

      North America

    • B.

      South America

    • C.

      Asia

    • D.

      Australia

    Correct Answer
    D. Australia
    Explanation
    Brisbane, Adelaide, and Perth are all cities located in Australia. Therefore, it can be inferred that these cities are ports on the continent of Australia.

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  • 5. 

    Which continent contains the most landlocked countries?

    • A.

      Antarctica

    • B.

      North America

    • C.

      South America

    • D.

      Europe

    Correct Answer
    D. Europe
    Explanation
    Europe contains the most landlocked countries. Landlocked countries are those that do not have direct access to the ocean or sea. Europe is home to several landlocked countries such as Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, and many others. These countries are surrounded by other countries and do not have a coastline, making Europe the continent with the highest number of landlocked countries.

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  • 6. 

    Kurdish and Persian languages are spoken by people in the SW part of what continent? 

    • A.

      Asia

    • B.

      Africa

    • C.

      Africa

    • D.

      South America

    Correct Answer
    A. Asia
    Explanation
    Kurdish and Persian languages are spoken by people in the SW part of Asia.

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  • 7. 

    Amundsen, Scott, and Byrd all explored which continent?

    • A.

      North America

    • B.

      Asia

    • C.

      Antarctica

    • D.

      Africa

    Correct Answer
    C. Antarctica
    Explanation
    Amundsen, Scott, and Byrd are all famous explorers known for their expeditions to Antarctica. Therefore, the correct answer is Antarctica.

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  • 8. 

    The continent with the largest rain forest and the driest area in the world?

    • A.

      Antarctica

    • B.

      Africa

    • C.

      Australia

    • D.

      South America

    Correct Answer
    B. Africa
    Explanation
    Africa is the correct answer because it is the continent with the largest rainforest, the Congo Rainforest, which spans across several countries in Central Africa. Additionally, Africa is also home to the driest area in the world, the Sahara Desert, which covers a significant portion of Northern Africa. Both the rainforest and the desert contribute to Africa being the continent with the largest rainforest and the driest area in the world.

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  • 9. 

    The only continent with every kind of climate....

    • A.

      Africa

    • B.

      Australia

    • C.

      Europe

    • D.

      North America

    Correct Answer
    D. North America
    Explanation
    North America is the correct answer because it is the only continent that has every kind of climate. From the freezing temperatures of the Arctic to the scorching heat of the deserts in the southwest, North America experiences a wide range of climates. It also has temperate climates in the central and eastern regions, as well as tropical climates in parts of Mexico and the Caribbean. This diversity in climate is due to North America's vast size and varied geography, which includes mountains, plains, forests, and coastlines.

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  • 10. 

    What body of water separates Texas from Cuba?

    • A.

      Pacific Ocean

    • B.

      Atlantic Ocean

    • C.

      Champlain Ocean

    • D.

      Gulf of Mexico

    Correct Answer
    D. Gulf of Mexico
    Explanation
    The Gulf of Mexico is the correct answer because it is the body of water that separates Texas from Cuba. Texas is located on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, while Cuba is located in the Caribbean Sea, which is connected to the Gulf of Mexico. Therefore, the Gulf of Mexico acts as the barrier between the two regions.

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  • 11. 

    What sea separates Libya from Italy?

    • A.

      Mediterranean Sea

    • B.

      Red Sea

    • C.

      Caspian Sea

    • D.

      Aegean Sea

    Correct Answer
    A. Mediterranean Sea
    Explanation
    The Mediterranean Sea is the correct answer because it is the sea that separates Libya from Italy. It is a large body of water located between Europe, Africa, and Asia, and it is specifically situated between the southern coast of Europe and the northern coast of Africa. The Mediterranean Sea has played a significant role in the history, trade, and cultural exchange between these two regions.

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  • 12. 

    What ocean separates Greenland from Russia?

    • A.

      Indian Ocean

    • B.

      Pacific Ocean

    • C.

      Indian Ocean

    • D.

      Arctic Ocean

    Correct Answer
    D. Arctic Ocean
    Explanation
    The Arctic Ocean separates Greenland from Russia. Greenland is located in the North Atlantic Ocean, while Russia is situated in northern Eurasia. The Arctic Ocean lies to the north of both Greenland and Russia, acting as a barrier between them. Therefore, the correct answer is Arctic Ocean.

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  • 13. 

    Which Country does not border the Pacific Ocean?

    • A.

      South Africa

    • B.

      Japan

    • C.

      New Zealand

    • D.

      Chile

    Correct Answer
    A. South Africa
    Explanation
    South Africa is the correct answer because it is located on the southernmost tip of the African continent and is surrounded by the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, not the Pacific Ocean. Japan, New Zealand, and Chile are all countries that do border the Pacific Ocean.

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  • 14. 

    Which of these countries does not border the Indian Ocean?

    • A.

      Mexico

    • B.

      India

    • C.

      South Africa

    • D.

      Australia

    Correct Answer
    A. Mexico
    Explanation
    Mexico is the correct answer because it is the only country listed that does not border the Indian Ocean. India, South Africa, and Australia all have coastlines that touch the Indian Ocean, whereas Mexico is located on the eastern coast of the Pacific Ocean and does not have any direct borders with the Indian Ocean.

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  • 15. 

    The Great Circle at zero degrees latitude is know by what name?

    • A.

      North Pole

    • B.

      Tropic of Cancer

    • C.

      Equator

    • D.

      Tropic of Capricorn

    Correct Answer
    C. Equator
    Explanation
    The Great Circle at zero degrees latitude is known as the Equator. This imaginary line divides the Earth into the Northern Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere. It is the widest circumference of the Earth and is equidistant from the North Pole and the South Pole. The Equator plays a crucial role in determining climate patterns, as it receives the most direct sunlight throughout the year, resulting in a generally warm climate. Additionally, it serves as a reference point for navigation and cartography.

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  • 16. 

    Name for a large tropical storm that takes place in the Caribbean Sea?

    • A.

      Tsunami

    • B.

      Typhoon

    • C.

      Hurricane

    • D.

      Cyclone

    Correct Answer
    C. Hurricane
    Explanation
    A hurricane is a large tropical storm that typically occurs in the Caribbean Sea. It is characterized by strong winds and heavy rainfall. Hurricanes form over warm ocean waters and can cause significant damage to coastal areas. They are known by different names in different regions, such as typhoon in the western Pacific and cyclone in the Indian Ocean. However, in the Caribbean Sea, the term hurricane is commonly used to refer to these powerful storms.

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  • 17. 

    Malta, Madagascar and Sri Lanka are all examples of what type of physical features?

    • A.

      Isthmus

    • B.

      Continents

    • C.

      Islands

    • D.

      Lakes

    Correct Answer
    C. Islands
    Explanation
    Malta, Madagascar, and Sri Lanka are all examples of islands. An island is a landmass that is surrounded by water on all sides. These three locations are all surrounded by water, making them separate land masses from the mainland. Islands can vary in size and can be found in oceans, seas, lakes, or rivers. They can also be formed through various geological processes such as volcanic activity or erosion.

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  • 18. 

    Impressionist paintings were created by painters like Monet and Renoir in which European country?

    • A.

      Great Britain

    • B.

      Bosnia

    • C.

      France

    • D.

      Russia

    Correct Answer
    C. France
    Explanation
    Impressionist paintings were created by painters like Monet and Renoir, who were both from France. The Impressionist movement originated in France during the 19th century and is characterized by its emphasis on capturing the fleeting effects of light and color in outdoor scenes. Monet and Renoir, along with other notable artists, were at the forefront of this artistic movement, making France the correct answer.

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  • 19. 

    About half the people in South America live in what country?

    • A.

      Columbia

    • B.

      Chile

    • C.

      Brazil

    • D.

      Argentina

    Correct Answer
    C. Brazil
    Explanation
    Brazil is the correct answer because it is the largest country in South America by both land area and population. With a population of over 200 million people, Brazil accounts for about half of the total population of South America. Its vast size and diverse population make it the most populous country in the region.

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  • 20. 

    The capital of Canada is

    • A.

      Toronto

    • B.

      Montreal

    • C.

      Vancouver

    • D.

      Ottawa

    Correct Answer
    D. Ottawa
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Ottawa because it is the capital city of Canada. Ottawa is located in the province of Ontario and is home to the Parliament of Canada, the residence of the Prime Minister, and many other important government institutions. Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver are all major cities in Canada, but they are not the capital.

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  • 21. 

    Which US capital is located in the Eastern Time Zone?

    • A.

      Chicago

    • B.

      Denver

    • C.

      New York

    • D.

      Albany

    Correct Answer
    D. Albany
    Explanation
    Albany is the correct answer because it is the capital of the state of New York, which is located in the Eastern Time Zone.

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  • 22. 

    What is the least populated New England state?

    • A.

      Rhode Island

    • B.

      Maine

    • C.

      New Hampshire

    • D.

      Vermont

    Correct Answer
    D. Vermont
    Explanation
    Vermont is the least populated New England state because it has the smallest population compared to Rhode Island, Maine, and New Hampshire. The question is asking for the state with the lowest population, and Vermont fits this criteria.

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  • 23. 

    An opera house was built in Cairo to celebrate the opening of what canal in 1869?

    • A.

      Suez

    • B.

      Erie

    • C.

      Egypt

    • D.

      Sydney

    Correct Answer
    A. Suez
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Suez. The Suez Canal is a man-made waterway in Egypt that connects the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea. It was opened in 1869 and has played a significant role in international trade and maritime transportation. The construction of an opera house in Cairo to celebrate the opening of the canal highlights the importance and grandeur of this engineering feat.

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  • 24. 

    Sherpas, people of Tibetan heritage known for their mountain climbing ability, live primarily in which Asian Mountains?

    • A.

      Andes

    • B.

      Kilimanjaro

    • C.

      Himalayas

    • D.

      Alps

    Correct Answer
    C. Himalayas
    Explanation
    Sherpas, who are known for their mountain climbing ability, primarily live in the Himalayas. The Himalayas is a mountain range located in Asia, spanning across several countries including Nepal, India, Bhutan, and Tibet. The Sherpas have a rich Tibetan heritage and have adapted to the harsh conditions of the Himalayas, making them highly skilled in mountain climbing and guiding expeditions in this region.

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  • 25. 

    This is the name of Africa's largest fresh water lake.

    • A.

      Lake Nile

    • B.

      Lake Victoria

    • C.

      Lake Chad

    • D.

      Lake Turkana

    Correct Answer
    B. Lake Victoria
    Explanation
    Lake Victoria is the correct answer because it is indeed the largest fresh water lake in Africa. Located in East Africa, it is shared by three countries: Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania. With a surface area of approximately 68,800 square kilometers, Lake Victoria is not only the largest lake in Africa but also the second largest freshwater lake in the world. It plays a vital role in the region's economy, providing water for domestic use, irrigation, and fishing.

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  • 26. 

    Name for the area of land where the Desert meets the Savanna

    • A.

      Tropical Rain Forest

    • B.

      Namib Desert

    • C.

      Sahel

    • D.

      Badlands

    Correct Answer
    C. Sahel
    Explanation
    The Sahel is the correct answer because it refers to the area of land where the Desert meets the Savanna. The Sahel is a transitional region between the Sahara Desert to the north and the Sudanian Savanna to the south. It is characterized by a semi-arid climate with sparse vegetation and is prone to droughts. The Sahel is an important ecological zone and is home to a diverse range of wildlife.

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  • 27. 

    Most people in Africa make their living by...

    • A.

      Nomad Herding

    • B.

      Raising Livestock

    • C.

      Subsistence Farming

    • D.

      Cash Crop Farming

    Correct Answer
    C. Subsistence Farming
    Explanation
    Subsistence farming is the most common way for people in Africa to make a living. This type of farming involves growing crops and raising livestock primarily for the purpose of feeding oneself and their family, rather than for commercial purposes. It is a means of survival and self-sufficiency, where the focus is on producing enough food to meet basic needs. Subsistence farming is prevalent in Africa due to factors such as limited access to modern agricultural technologies, lack of infrastructure, and a reliance on traditional farming methods.

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  • 28. 

    The capital of Tanzania?

    • A.

      Nairobi

    • B.

      Dar es Salaam

    • C.

      Kampala

    • D.

      N'Djamena

    Correct Answer
    D. N'Djamena
  • 29. 

    The capital of Uganda?

    • A.

      Kampala

    • B.

      Dar es Salaam

    • C.

      Mogadishu

    • D.

      Nairobi

    Correct Answer
    A. Kampala
    Explanation
    Kampala is the correct answer because it is the capital city of Uganda. It is the largest city in the country and serves as the economic, political, and administrative center. Kampala is located in the southern part of Uganda, near Lake Victoria. It is known for its vibrant culture, historical landmarks, and bustling markets.

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  • 30. 

    The capital of South Carolina?

    • A.

      Columbus

    • B.

      Columbia

    • C.

      Charleston

    • D.

      Raleigh

    Correct Answer
    B. Columbia
    Explanation
    Columbia is the correct answer because it is the capital of South Carolina. The other options, Columbus, Charleston, and Raleigh, are not the capitals of South Carolina.

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