American Geography Quiz for Dummies

Can you answer these 20 easy geography questions about the United States?
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Last updated: May 5, 2020
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Which two countries does the United States border?
Canada
Mexico
Everything's bigger in Texas. But one state is more than twice the size of Texas.
What is it?
Alaska
"Saint Lewis" is incorrectly spelled. What is the correct spelling?
Saint Louis
In what U.S. territory would you find the city of San Juan?
Puerto Rico
Which state has the postal abbreviation FL?
Florida
What 151 foot tall copper statue can be found on an island in New York Harbor?
Statue of Liberty
What is the southernmost major city in the continental U.S.?
Miami
What state capital is known as the "Mile High City"?
Denver
The biggest city in Maine has the same name as the biggest city in Oregon. What is it?
Portland
Five states have a cardinal direction in their name:
South Carolina, South Dakota, North Carolina, North Dakota, and ...
West Virginia
Name one of the two biggest cities in Tennesee.
Nashville | Memphis
What is the capital of Utah?
Salt Lake City
What is the biggest city in New England?
Boston
What major city can be found near the southern end of the Mississippi River?
New Orleans
What mountain range runs through Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana?
Rocky Mountains
What is the smallest state by area?
Rhode Island
What city's Willis Tower, formerly known as the Sears Tower, was the
tallest building in the world for more than 20 years?
Chicago
What mountain has four Presidents carved into its face?
Mount Rushmore
Name one of the five boroughs of New York City.
Brooklyn | Bronx |
Manhattan |
Queens | Staten Island
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Level 73
May 5, 2020
Not so totally easy for a person who has never been to America. Escepially the "biggest cities" question was tricky. I totally guessed the Oregon-Maine-one, and for the Tennessee-one (with "ss", by the way) being a Chuck-Berry-Fan helped.
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Level 65
May 6, 2020
Yeah it wasn't very easy for me. That being said, I got everything except Portland
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Level 67
May 6, 2020
I agree for the average person not from america I would not label this an easy quiz. The first and the last question though felt tóó easy. (along the lines of spell usa, it felt very weird ending with that question after the other ones).

If I would take my mom as, what to call it, calibration point? She would obviously get the first and last right, and probably Florida and statue of liberty. (she would know both, but is not great at thinking under pressure ;) so might get intimidated by the questions and beforehand would say she doesn't know anything "You can stop asking me! I won't know the answers anyway!" and then I give all the answers and she would say, ow yea, all those names do sound familiar)

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Level 82
May 5, 2020
To be that type of guy that we all know and love, where the Mississippi meets the ocean is nearly uninhabitable. New Orleans is 100 miles away. Most residents have never seen or been anywhere near the mouth of the river.
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Level ∞
May 6, 2020
Good point. Changed the question slightly.
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Level 77
May 6, 2020
Just "Liberty" could be accepted.
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Level 69
May 21, 2020
Agreed with the above, there are a few questions on there (7-9) that aren’t necessarily easy for a non-American.

Also, as @Djilas says, “Liberty” should be accepted as the question has the word ‘Statue’ in it.

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Level 71
Jun 11, 2020
Or maybe Lady Liberty?
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Level 64
Jun 11, 2020
According its city charter, the correct spelling of "Saint Lewis" would be "St. Louis".

https://library.municode.com/mo/st._louis/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=CH_ARTIIN

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Level 52
Jun 14, 2020
There actually is a Saint Lewis. It's a small town in North Carolina.
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Level 44
Jun 11, 2020
Sorry to be a bit nitpicky

1. Tennessee is misspelled

2. Can you just accept "Liberty?" The question already makes it clear that it's a statue

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Level 60
Jun 11, 2020
I second you.
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Level 38
Jun 11, 2020
The statue isn't named "Liberty" it's called the "Statue of Liberty" so it would be wrong to accept an answer that isn't correct even if it is easier on your fingers to not have to type "statue of"
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Level 65
Jun 12, 2020
Officially it's called Liberty Enlightening the World... never heard anybody call it that, though.
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Level 52
Jun 11, 2020
As for New Orleans' position relative to the mouth of the Mississippi, a number of reverse-tributaries flow from the Mississippi Upstream of new orleans to the ocean, which technically means that New Orleans is in a delta, which is kind of the end of the river.
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Level 45
Jun 11, 2020
100% and from Australia...
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Level 46
Jun 11, 2020
As someone who is classified a geography nerd, this quiz isn't easy per say. I got 100% but still, even someone with insane geo knowledge wouldn't be able to clear 80%.
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Level 71
Jun 11, 2020
You seem to have very poor expectation of people's knowledge. I'd say anyone who does reasonably well in geography should easily make at least 80%. Someone with insane geo knowledge on the other hand should get 100% hands down. (I got 95% btw).
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Level 60
Jun 11, 2020
I was legit scared I might miss one of them and end up as a dummy.
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Level 34
Jun 11, 2020
I'm so dumb, I guessed East Virginia 4 times :(
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Level 60
Jun 11, 2020
19 / 20 first try, didn't get the 'Mile High City' question. I don't feel like that nickname is really that well-known outside of the US. At least not here in Germany.
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Level 71
Jun 11, 2020
One of the beauties of this website is that it improves your general - and world - knowledge. I'm sure you'll come across a few more quizzes which have a question about Mile High City. And then you will know the answer! :)
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Level 45
Jun 11, 2020
Nobody denies the fact that one acquires knowledge by taking quizzes with answers they cannot get on the first try. The issue is that the quiz is supposed to be very easy and a question like that seems out of place.
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Level 56
Jun 11, 2020
Exactly! Most Americans (myself included) have never heard of Wuppertal, Bochum, Karlsruhe, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern or Bielefeld! Jetpunk has given me knowledge of other countries (not just Germany), and I'm sure I'm not alone on this matter.
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Level 74
Jun 11, 2020
The quiz should be renamed as "American Geography Quiz that should be easy for Americans or people who are versed in matters pertaining to America".
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Level 74
Jun 12, 2020
Although I must admit that "Mile High" and Portland came relatively late in my education on America.
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Level 73
Jun 11, 2020
I'm adding my voice to the ones who requested "Liberty" to be an acceptable answer, considering the word "statue" is already in the clue. Also, to further emphasize on how lazy I am, couldn't you accept "Nola" for New Orleans? God, I'm so tired. I'm gonna take a nap.
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Level 44
Jun 11, 2020
Or at least 'Lady Liberty'
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Level 62
Jun 11, 2020
Would you accept Six Grandfathers as an alternate entry for Mt. Rushmore? (Yeah, I'm trolling. Most people don't know it as that, but Mt. McKinley has reverted to Denali, so it could happen.)
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Level 50
Nov 5, 2020
Yea no
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Level 36
Jun 14, 2020
I read 'Southernmost Major City' as 'Southernmost Capital City', and spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to spell Tallahasee, and only got Miami with 12 seconds left. :(
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Level 56
Jul 30, 2020
"For dummies". This was very hard for a non-American like me