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Geography General Knowledge #1

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What is the highest mountain in Japan?
Mount Fuji
What well-known dance form originated in Argentina and Uruguay?
Tango
What island is shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic?
Hispaniola
On what peninsula would you find Cabo San Lucas?
Baja California
What is the tallest waterfall in the world?
Angel Falls
What goddess is the the capital of Greece named after?
Athena
On what island did dodo birds live (before going extinct)?
Mauritius
What country's national rugby union team are known as the Springboks?
South Africa
What is the largest desert in Africa?
Sahara
What is the southernmost national capital city?
Wellington
What is the biggest island in the Caribbean?
Cuba
What is the tallest mountain in Africa?
Mount Kilimanjaro
On what sea is the Russian city of Sochi located?
Black Sea
What is the national animal of the United States?
Bald Eagle
What U.S. state is called the "Sooner State"?
Oklahoma
In what country would you find the greatest number of Coptic Christians?
Egypt
What is the name of the Dutch-speaking region of Belgium?
Flanders
By volume of water, what is the largest lake in Scotland?
Loch Ness
What "line" divides the northern and southern U.S. states?
Mason-Dixon line
What Italian region has its capital in Florence?
Tuscany
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level 58
May 6, 2013
I was getting so furious because the national anthem of the US is definitely the Star-Spangled Banner. I typed it like seven times...then I realized it said "national animal." Womp, womp.
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level 62
Nov 25, 2018
Oh seagull you see by the dawn's early light
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level 67
May 6, 2013
Good quiz thanks
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level 46
May 6, 2013
You should accept Angel as the tallest waterfall.
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level ∞
May 7, 2013
Okay
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level 60
Jun 18, 2013
The Mason-Dixon line does not separate the northern and the southern US states technically. This is a common misunderstanding. It actually only separates Pennsylvania and Maryland from Delaware.
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level 73
Aug 1, 2013
That's very true. There is no name for the line separating the north and south. It's just the 36 30 parallel, or sometimes called the Missouri Compromise Line. The mason dixon line is SIGNIFICANTLY different. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mason%E2%80%93Dixon_line
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level 74
Sep 30, 2015
Agree. The Mason-Dixon line was established in colonial times to settle a border dispute before there even was a United States. However, I also agree with Beetboy12 that Maryland was a southern state and the line did serve as a small dividing line between North and South culturally before the Civil War in regards to the states of Pennsylvania and Maryland. Missouri, Kentucky, Maryland, Delaware, and West Virginia remained in the Union, but were still slave states.
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level 62
Apr 30, 2014
Maryland's definitely not a Southern state and it is south of the Mason-Dixon line. ctleng is absolutely correct.
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level 44
Aug 5, 2014
Maryland WAS a southern state. Until they chose not to secede and join the Confederacy. There is plenty about Maryland that retains the Southern culture. Lots of old plantations. Lots of slave history in Baltimore. You can still see the house where Francis Scott Key kept slaves. Lots of Confederate flags in Maryland too. More than I see in Mississippi or Florida.
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level 46
Oct 10, 2014
I'm with beetboy. Maryland was very much a "southern" state at Lincoln's inauguration. From "Battle Cry of Freedom," by James McPherson: Like the lower South, Maryland had voted for Breckinridge in the presidential election. Southern-Rights Democrats controlled the legislature; only the stubborn refusal of unionist Governor Thomas hicks to call legislature into session forestalled action by that body. The tobacco counties of southern Maryland and the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay were secessionist. The grain-growing counties of northern and western Maryland, containing few slaves, were safe for the Union. But the loyalty of Baltimore, with a third of the state's population, was suspect. The mayor's unionism was barely tepid, and the police chief sympathized with the South. Confederate flags appeared on many city homes and buildings during the tense days after Sumter. He goes on to describe the rioting between travelling Massachusetts troops and Baltimore mobs.
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level 51
Sep 29, 2015
Yeah Mason Dixon really doesn't divide like any other states beside a few. It doesn't continue out west. Nonetheless I got the question, but it really wasn't that great of a clue.
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level 69
Aug 20, 2016
But Delaware, which was a slave state up until the passage of the 13th Amendment, was north of the Mason-Dixon line, so saying that it drew a line between north and south is a little oversimplified.
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level 62
Dec 22, 2016
I think you can look at the North vs. South divide in a number of ways: Historically, Culturally, Politically, Economically, Geographically. Solely focusing on history 150 years ago doesn't really get to the root of that issue. I agree that in the 1860's, Maryland and the other border states were "Southern." But today, Maryland doesn't much resemble the South at all. Its culture, politics, economy, and even geography are much closer to the North than the South.
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level 55
Apr 22, 2014
Tuscany is the only Italian region I know.
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level 74
Jun 7, 2014
Well that was lucky, wasn't it?
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level 36
Dec 12, 2014
Lucky.. I know lots so I was guessing a lot
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level 55
Sep 29, 2015
Same here ;)
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level 45
Jul 22, 2018
I think Lombardy is another one.
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level 62
Nov 25, 2018
What about the Toe and the Heel?
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level 66
Oct 1, 2014
as an Australian I think I should have been given a point for Californian peninsular for Baja Californian ......... grumble ...... grumble
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level 49
Mar 8, 2018
Baja California is in Mexico, not California the US State.
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level 33
Nov 28, 2014
So many questions about the USA?
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level ∞
Aug 12, 2015
I count 3
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level 47
Sep 29, 2015
You have it all wrong this quiz was very much anti-Antarctican. The natives are preparing a war council and will be issuing a decree requesting a full apology and reparations for being excluded from this quiz. Seriously take a look at this quiz it is a pretty good trip around the world, not just the United States.
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level 56
May 11, 2015
who else knows the sooner state from chandler's joke in friends? "i'd sooner be in any other state..."
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level 59
Sep 29, 2015
I feel quite strongly that Ethiopia should also be accepted, since it is a majority Christian country (much more so than Egypt!) and it is Coptic Christianity which they primarily follow. So although most Copts might be to be found in Egypt, Ethiopia is certainly a correct answer to the question "In which country are you likely to find Copts?"
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level 62
Nov 25, 2018
That's my favorite show. Copts.
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level 51
Oct 2, 2015
I didn't guess the eagle for the national animal as I thought it would be classed at the national BIRD! Frustrating!
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level 47
Oct 3, 2015
Wow lots of really educational comments on here. Thanks, everybody, I learned a lot!
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level 44
Jan 31, 2016
Actually dodo birds used to be a thing in Réunion island as well, therefore you should accept it as an alternate answer for Mauritius.
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level 58
Feb 15, 2016
Loch Ness was the only lake I knew in Scotland, and when I was desperate I went "Why not try it?" And I did. I was surprised so I read https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_lochs_of_Scotland and I realized that was why Nessie might actually exist.
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level 56
Jun 8, 2017
"so I read https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_lochs_of_Scotland and I realized that was why Nessie might actually exist." That doesn't make sense - why does reading the Wiki list of lochs make you think Nessie might actually exist?
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level 75
Jun 30, 2018
idon'tlikeit was saying that because Loch Ness is so big, it helped create the legend of the Loch Ness Monster. It seemed possible that something could be lurking under such a huge volume of water.
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level 59
Sep 28, 2016
Got all but one - I have never heard of the Mason-Dixon line before in my life!
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level 42
Oct 26, 2016
13/20
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level 49
Dec 20, 2016
Why is Oklahoma called 'the sooner state'?
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level ∞
Jan 9, 2018
Originally, Oklahoma was reserved for the Native Americans who had been forcibly removed from the Southeast. But then, in a classic move, the United States decided to open it up to white settlement. On April 22, 1889 homesteaders were allowed to rush into the territory and grab 160 acres of free land. However, some were dismayed to find that a lot of the good land had already been grabbed by those who got there ... sooner.
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level 59
Jun 30, 2018
Maybe they could have called it the "ridiculously unfairly ill-gotten state".
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level 74
Jun 30, 2018
I remember being taught in elementary school that people in the land rush drove covered wagons called prairie schooners which were called "sooners" by some, and that contributed to the name also. Apparently that isn't being taught at all anymore. I only found reference to it when I looked it up. One mascot of the U of O is the sooner schooner.
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level 62
Nov 25, 2018
Little baby Hitler was 2 days old. He admired and creadited Indian resettlement and the reservation system.
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level 57
May 27, 2017
Only missed Tuscany.
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level 32
Mar 4, 2018
Salto del ángel, not Angel Falls. Oiriginal names.
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level 65
Jun 30, 2018
With that logic, only names like España, Italia, Россия, etc. should be accepted on the Countries of the World quiz.
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level 44
Jun 30, 2018
On 9 May 2016, the American bison was designated the national mammal of the United States. Thus, the question about the national animal either needs to accept American bison, or the question needs to be modified to read "national bird".
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level 35
Jun 30, 2018
No, no, no, no.
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level 44
Jun 30, 2018
No, no, no, no.....what?
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level ∞
Jun 30, 2018
The question is correct and will not be changed. We are not asking for the national mammal, we are asking for the national animal which has not been changed or added too.
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level 15
Jul 1, 2018
AnyTimeFromNow is correct: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_national_animals deleteedit
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level 44
Dec 15, 2018
@AnyTimeFromNow that what he said when they made him go to rehab..
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level 58
Jun 30, 2018
Are you serious? Every American knows the bald eagle is the national animal. It's on like every emblem we have.
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level 59
Jun 30, 2018
Every New Zealander knows the bald eagle is USA's national animal.
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level 15
Jul 1, 2018
AnyTimeFromNow is correct: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_national_animals
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level 44
Dec 15, 2018
sooo birds arent animals anymore either? Just did a quiz where someone stated that bees and ants arent animals because they were insects... (fish has since long been regarded as a non animal, because if you are a vegetarian, people give you fish, even seen it advertised on menus.. or allways ask you do eat fish right? like what... do fish not have blood, dont they have eyes, and muscles etc)
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level 16
Jul 7, 2018
Thankyou for the Mason-Dixon line Mark Knopfler
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level 34
Jul 27, 2018
In Flander, they speak Flemish, not Dutch. Please, fix.
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level 44
Dec 15, 2018
wrong flemish is considered a dialect not a language Look it up
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level 38
Oct 21, 2018
Flemish is a language which developed from Dutch (just as Afrikaans did). Of course, like most derivatives, there are differences depending on what your mother tongue was. Those who initially spoke German will have a different accent and writing style than those for whom French was the language of origin. However, they understand each other when speaking.
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level 35
Nov 4, 2018
Quizmaster, Kilimanjaro is a volcano, not a mountain. it justs called mount Kilimanjaro. it's like Vesuvius and Etna, they're all volcanoes. so I think it should be the highest Volcano or you get rid of the question.
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level 64
Dec 4, 2018
So embarrassed. I spent over 1 minute trying to figure out what type of deer was the largest in Africa before realizing it said desert not deer.
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level 44
Jan 13, 2019
I'm glad my state was mentioned
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