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Geography General Knowledge #10

Answer these random geography questions.
Includes both physical and human geography
Last updated: September 20, 2018
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What country is often described as being shaped like a boot?
Italy
What is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea?
Sicily
What is the largest lake in Central America?
Lake Nicaragua
What canal connects the Red and Mediterranean Seas?
Suez Canal
What is the name of the highest caste in Indian society?
Brahmin
What island country is located in the Persian Gulf?
Bahrain
What country is also known as Aotearoa?
New Zealand
What musical instrument is considered to be a symbol of Ireland?
Harp
What is the world's biggest freshwater lake by volume?
Lake Baikal
What is the most populous country in Africa?
Nigeria
What city was capital of Russia until 1918?
St. Petersburg
What is the capital of Wales?
Cardiff
Montreal is located on an island in which river?
Saint Lawrence
What is the tallest building in London?
The Shard
What's the world's second-tallest mountain?
K2
What's the tallest mountain that can be seen from Seattle?
Mount Rainier
From what Roman title are the words Tsar and Kaiser derived?
Caesar
What alphabet is used in Russia?
Cyrillic
In what German state is Munich located?
Bavaria
Besides the Caucasus, what mountain range forms the border of Europe and Asia?
Ural Mountains
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level 29
Sep 9, 2013
Disadvantages of having an Irish girlfriend; my first thought for Irish instrument was "bodhran".
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level 58
Apr 4, 2016
Grew up in an Irish family. Had the same thought. I think it's better just to leave it at harp though. The bodhran is an important traditional Irish instrument, but it doesn't show up on coats of arms and flags the way the harp does.
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level 58
Aug 12, 2018
... or on cans of Guinness.
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level 59
Sep 9, 2013
Could you accept Bayern for Bavaria? It's always so difficult for me to figure out the English names for German places. I was lucky I even remembered Munich is the English name for München.
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level 70
Sep 9, 2013
Why is it so hard for people to realize these quizzes are in English?
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level 76
Sep 9, 2015
Most of my German geography comes from a jigsaw map I bought when I was little. In Germany. So most of my geographical knowledge of Germany is in German, even though I don't have a clue about the rest of the language. Some English maps, furthermore, preserve local spellings, which is sometimes annoying.
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level 58
Apr 4, 2016
I mean, if you're asking for the name of a place in Germany, the German answer should be acceptable. Sulps wasn't asking that every answer be acceptable in German, only that the name Germans use for a German place be acceptable. Seems perfectly reasonable to me.
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level 62
Jan 6, 2019
rgc1600, why is it so hard for English-speaking people to use the real names for places instead of inventing English ones?
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level 62
Jan 9, 2019
Perhaps Cardinal Sin would like to ask the French not to call London "Londres", the Germans not to call Venice "Venedig", the Serbs not to call Vienna "Bec", the Spanish not to call the Ivory Coast "Costa de Marfil", the Irish not to call England "Sasana", the Finns not to call Sweden "Ruotsi", the Hungarians not to call Poland "Lengyelorszag", the Poles not to call Italy "Wlochy" and the Portuguese not to call Germany "Alemanha". Fact is, most languages have their own names for places, not just English, and it isn't a problem.
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level ∞
Aug 13, 2015
Bayern will work now.
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level 57
Jun 15, 2017
Lol munchen sounds like munchkin...sorry
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level 64
Jan 5, 2019
Or sapphic.
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level 22
Sep 9, 2013
The Caucasus also divide Europe and Asia... Did you not accept that as some small bits are also in Georgia and Azerbaijan?
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level ∞
Sep 10, 2013
Changed the clue
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level 45
Sep 10, 2013
I have trouble spelling 'K2'.....
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level 71
Jan 30, 2014
badda bing!
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level 55
Apr 26, 2016
Me, too! I always end up spelling it Kaytu. ;)
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level 51
Nov 7, 2013
I kept read Central America and thought South America. Was surprised when Titicaca didn't work. Gave up on the question when Maracaibo didn't work either.
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level 55
Jan 16, 2014
K2 is also known as Godwin Austen
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level 13
Feb 10, 2014
Interesting! But can you accept Kanchenjunga for K2 as well? I typed that first and it wasn't accepted.
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level 43
Mar 1, 2014
No because Kanchenjunga is a completely different mountain from K2.
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level 64
Jan 5, 2019
Apparently you do have numbers on your keyboard though?
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level 56
Jan 9, 2019
Try typing something different the second time then. It's not you ran out of time from typing K2 in the first place...
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level 35
Mar 12, 2014
Thought the Irish instrument was a lyre not harp
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level 69
Jul 2, 2015
I tried lyre first, too, then harp
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level 21
Mar 23, 2014
You should accept 'Tacoma' for Mt Rainier.
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level 55
Jun 7, 2014
Nobody in Washington calls it that.
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level 55
Jun 7, 2014
Thanks for picking the only German state I know.
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level 67
Jun 25, 2014
should accept lyre for harp
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level 43
Jan 16, 2015
I think "celtic harp" should be accepted besides just "harp"
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level ∞
Aug 13, 2015
Okay.
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level 68
Oct 15, 2015
I thought it was Leningrad back then??
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level 52
Dec 18, 2015
It was Leningrad after Lenin died in 1924, prior to this, from 1914 to 1924, it was named Petrograd, after Peter the Great of the Russian Empire, who founded the city, and prior to that it was St Petersberg, as it is now.
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level 12
Jan 4, 2016
ERROR!!! St Petersburg was originaly called petrograd, then it's name was changed to leningrad when Lenin died to comemorate him. It was later changed to Stalingrad during Stalins rule and was only called st. petersburg after Stalins death. Therefore at the time stated in the question the name of the city was PETROGRAD!
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level 65
Dec 20, 2017
It was Petrograd only 1914-1924 and that name wasn't in use that much outside Russia. So the biggest error is your Stalingrad, which is a different city (nowadays called Volgograd). Haven't you ever heard of the battle of Stalingrad in WWII?
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level 64
Jan 5, 2019
AS USUAL ALL CAPS AND EXCLAMATION POINTS ARE A HARBINGER OF IMMEDIATE POST FAILURE!!!!¡i!1|!!
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level 37
Jan 17, 2016
Here is today's St Petersburg in order of names. First, before the Russian Revolution, it was called Petrograd. During the time of the Soviet Union, it was called Leningrad in honor of Vladimir Lenin, the founder of the Soviet Union. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, it was and is called St. Petersburg. Stalingrad was the name for Volgograd, another city, on the Volga river. It was the site of the Battle of Stalingrad. Just FYI
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level 47
Apr 8, 2016
I thought it was called Myanmar now
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level 45
Apr 23, 2018
when it was founded it was named St Petersburg then, on the revolution it became Petrograd because the revolution did not wish religion to continue and took out the saints.
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level 64
Jan 5, 2019
Where do people go to partial school for partial knowledge? Apparently they took weaving too.
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level 65
Apr 4, 2016
What does Kaiser, Tsar, and Caesar really have to do with geography?
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level 55
Apr 26, 2016
Cultural geography.
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level 64
Jan 5, 2019
You mean history and etymology, right? Not geography.
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level 67
Apr 4, 2016
To clear up this St. Petersburg thing once and for all, here goes: It was founded as St. Petersburg in 1703 (after Peter the Great), and was changed to Petrograd in 1914 and Leningrad in 1924. So, St. Petersburg is correct, but Petrograd should also be accepted.
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level 67
Apr 4, 2016
And now it's Constantinople again.
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level 77
Apr 4, 2016
Shh. That's nobody's business but the Turks.
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level 64
Jan 5, 2019
Then it was Lefkosa, AKA Nicosia.
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level 75
Jan 5, 2019
These mashed potatoes are so creamy.
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level 46
Jan 8, 2019
So is Cyprus still in Europe?
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level 70
Jan 5, 2019
I was hoping someone would explain it again. So much clearer. So Leningrad in 1914 then?
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level 53
Apr 4, 2016
Can you accept KayTwo for K2, it's a really difficult one to spell? :/
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level 59
Apr 4, 2016
April Fools' Day was 3 days ago.
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level 68
Apr 4, 2016
Maybe except Ranier for Rainier?
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level 44
Jan 5, 2019
Why?
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level 33
Apr 5, 2016
Good quiz, tough tho
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level 35
Apr 5, 2016
Petrograd should be an acceptable answer as well as St Petersburg as it was the name at the time
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level 24
Apr 6, 2016
the river that surrounds montreal is saint laurent not lawrence... I live in montreal so I know
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level 72
Nov 30, 2016
St Lawrence in the language of this quiz
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level 38
Sep 10, 2018
If St. Lawrence is "the language of this quiz", then you should also anglicize Baikal, Nicaragua, Suez and Rainier!
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level 56
Jan 9, 2019
Not all names have to be changed somehow to be anglicized: Baikal, Nicaragua, Suez, they are all the names of those places in the English language - it's as simple as that.
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level 70
Apr 28, 2016
I think Petrograd should work for St Petersburg, given that was the official name of the city at the time, not St Petersburg (changed by the Imperial Government in 1914 to make it less German).
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level 18
Dec 7, 2016
Why Saint Laurent is not accepted for Montreal? It is after all a French speaking city :-)
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level 56
Jan 9, 2019
The quiz is in English, all answers are therefore in English. If the question had asked for the local name/spelling of the river, then St Laurent would have been correct.
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level 75
Jan 4, 2017
What is that lake's name in Nicaragua...Lake Managua? No, but I know it's in Nicaragua...
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level 62
Jan 6, 2019
Cociboica
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level 33
Nov 2, 2018
Geography General Knowledge #10 - "What is the name of the highest caste in Indian society?" mmm...
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level 67
Jan 5, 2019
The study of the physical features of the earth and its atmosphere, and of human activity as it affects and is affected by these, including the distribution of populations and resources and political and economic activities.......... Oxford Dictionary:
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level 64
Jan 5, 2019
This system of snobbery is not a result of "the physical features of the earth and its atmosphere".
What sodas were popular at Grateful Dead concerts? They were people standing on a physical feature of Earth.
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level 48
Jan 5, 2019
I was typing Lawrence river over and over, not understanding why it was not correct.
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level 57
Jan 5, 2019
Uzbekistan should be an acceptable answer for the first question
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level 71
Jan 8, 2019
...scrabbles to find an atlas - wow! It should indeed be an acceptable answer ... but isn't, on account of "often"? Or just completely change the question (and answer) to "frequently described as looking like Godzilla"
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level 56
Jan 9, 2019
The question is clear with the use of the word "often". I've never heard of Uzbekistan being referred to as boot-shaped, but have heard or read of Italy being referred as such countless times.
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level 63
Jan 5, 2019
I like this quiz because of the pattern of correct answers: from 98% to 18% currently and moving in a smooth-ish gradient between the two. I think that shows a well constructed set of questions - something for everyone (with the possible exception of 2% of the population).
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level 71
Jan 8, 2019
Those 2% are Uzbeks
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level 71
Jan 7, 2019
Tallest mountain in the world is Mauna Kea (as we all know ;-)). Not sure where K2 ranks, but should be second *highest*, unless by some fluke it is also second tallest, having a lower base than Everest, etc.