Geography General Knowledge #11

Can you answer these random geography questions?
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What country is also known as Persia?
Iran
What is the world's most commonly-spoken first language?
Chinese (Mandarin)
What is the biggest city on the island of Java?
Jakarta
Which U.S. state has the smallest land area?
Rhode Island
Upon what river would you find the English town of Stratford?
Avon
What island in the Caribbean is divided between France and the Netherlands?
St. Martin
What city was famously built on the Palatine, Capitoline, and five other hills?
Rome
What country was once known as East Pakistan?
Bangladesh
What country has the longest coastline?
Canada
What English spa town was known to the Romans as Aquae Sulis?
Bath
What U.S. military base is located on the island of Cuba?
Guantánamo Bay
What was the former name of the city of Kolkata?
Calcutta
What is the largest landlocked country in Africa?
Chad
What is the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina?
Sarajevo
What country is bordered by Panama and Nicaragua?
Costa Rica
What is a synonym of the word "shire"?
County
What is the biggest city on the Yangtze river?
Shanghai
If an American is from the "Bay Area", what bay do they live nearby?
San Francisco Bay
Besides Cape Town and Bloemfontein, what city is a capital of South Africa?
Pretoria
What are Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania collectively known as?
The Baltic States
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Level 72
Apr 26, 2016
Obviously Stratford-Upon-Avon makes the most sense, but technically there is a town called Stratford in East London, which is on the River Lea.
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Level 45
Apr 26, 2016
How do so few people know what 'shire' means?!
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Level 58
Apr 26, 2016
Not being from the UK + most often hearing the word "shire" associated with Middle Earth = not really sure what it means. I tried city, town, village, hill....forest...township...siredom....I might have gotten it eventually, perhaps.
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Level 61
May 10, 2016
It's not a word that's used outside of the UK and even within the UK it mostly appears now in proper names. You can logic it out, but it isn't immediately obvious.
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Level 83
Jul 14, 2016
I would say the synonym question as written is particularly poor suited for a quiz like this. Consulting a thesaurus, there are at least 4-5 different potential answers, but none of which are apparently acceptable. If there is only going to be one acceptable synonym, then there needs to be a more specific clue.
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Level 67
Jan 5, 2019
According to https://www.thesaurus.com/browse/shire, there are MANY more than 4-5... Times that by at least ten.
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Level 28
Jan 29, 2019
In Australia the term shire is used in some states for regional governments but in others the term is council or district council.
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Level 65
Jan 25, 2020
I guessed street, town, county.
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Level 61
Apr 26, 2016
Can San Fransisco Bay please work?
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Level 61
Apr 26, 2016
I mean San Fransisco
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Level 63
Jan 16, 2017
SF works without Bay but you do have to spell it correctly.
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Level 47
Dec 22, 2016
Actually got all of these right. Yay.
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Level 83
Jun 11, 2018
I read it as "homonym" and tried shier, shyer, sure, cheer, sheer etc. racking my brain trying to figure out if we are using LOTRs movie, Cockney, Yorkshire etc. pronunciation. After wasting two minutes I moved on and got back to the question with about 30 seconds left and finally reread the question.
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Level 51
Jan 26, 2019
Living in Virginia there is quite a bit of reference to the Bay Area as the Chesapeake instead of San Francisco.
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Level 81
Jan 26, 2019
I'm from Virginia and I've never heard "Bay Area" and not thought of San Francisco.
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Level 72
Feb 20, 2019
@kalbahamut Where haven't you lived?
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Level 58
Oct 16, 2020
Apparently, he's only spent a few weeks in Narnia.
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Level 72
Feb 20, 2019
I also live in Virginia and have not heard that term
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Level ∞
Aug 25, 2020
When I was a kid, I thought Bay Area meant Saginaw Bay because that was the closest bay to where I lived.
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Level 71
Nov 15, 2019
Please accept Roma - after all that is it's name. Rome is merely a name given it by foreigners.
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Level 62
Dec 20, 2020
I honestly can't get my head round this all-too-common complaint.

If I go to an Italian-language quiz site and see a question asking for "la capitale del Regno Unito", what kind of a derp would I have to be to demand that the answer should be "London", saying that "only foreigners call it Londra"? I'd also presumably take great offence at "Regno Unito", which is off the chart foreign!

Foreigners often have different names for things, it's a pretty integral part of being foreign.

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Level 42
Jan 11, 2021
I think it speaks to the need and fun of knowing trivia. I have been thinking about this. Like you, I consider that if a quiz is in English, then the answers should be in English--it shouldn't be surprising that answers in other languages don't count.

At the same time, it's fun to know the "native" or "matching language" names for things--to know München is Munich, and so forth. And as I've been taking these quizzes, it's really not uncommon that these are themselves trivia questions.

Because users of this site love knowing trivia like this, and love showing it off (to themselves or to others), the urge to want to demonstrate it is strong.

The argument doesn't hold up, but I can understand where it comes from.

The other factor is simply people's desire for quizzes to cater to them so they can excel, and lots of speakers of English as a second language know a cognate for the answer based on something other than the English name--so they feel "robbed" when they get it wrong.