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Geography General Knowledge #11

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What country is also known as Persia?
Iran
What is the world's most spoken language?
Chinese (Mandarin)
What is the biggest city on the island of Java?
Jakarta
What 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 city of Kolkata formerly called?
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 78
Apr 26, 2016
English is MUCH more widely spoken than Mandarin. But Mandarin is the most commonly spoken "first" language of people around the world.
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Level 35
Apr 26, 2016
^this
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Level 69
Apr 26, 2016
I disagree. There are more people that can speak English than Mandarin, but Mandarin is more spoken. Many people around the world is able to occasionally speak English for business, tourism or for cultural consumption, but only use it occasionally. On the other hand, the Mandarins speak their language 100% of their time.
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Level 29
Apr 26, 2016
Mandarin only just pips English at the post. Yes English may be spoken on an international level more frequently than Mandarin, but you have consider Mandarin is not a language spoken just in China. Pretty sure it, alongside English, are the official languages of Malaysia and Singapore.
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Level 78
Jun 11, 2018
I highly doubt this. For one thing, many millions of Chinese people do not speak Mandarin 100% of the time. There are dozens of different languages commonly spoken in China. For another thing, having been all over the world including many countries that are not technically English-speaking countries, I have heard English used everywhere almost all the time. Doesn't matter if you're in Dubai, or Manila, or Delhi, or Istanbul, or Paris, or Bangkok, or Stockholm, or even Hong Kong.. you hear English everywhere. I almost never heard Mandarin spoken anywhere outside of China or Singapore. and even in Singapore I'm doubtful of the claims that Mandarin is the most spoken language there.
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Level 65
Jun 11, 2018
@kalbahamut "I have heard English used everywhere almost all the time". That is simply untrue, while yes English is the traveler's language, and is one of the most spoken languages in the world, and has an incredible amount of second learners, it is still has a combined speaking population around that of Mandarin. I think you don't understand how many people are in China, and how much Chinese diaspora there is. This does not even take into account people who learn Chinese as a second language. P.s the cities you listed are very international cities, and should not come as a surprise that they have high English proficiency. Also, coming from an English speaking country, I can say that I hear mandarin spoken almost everyday in the streets, or on the train, or just about anywhere.
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Level 78
Jan 26, 2019
This is simply untrue? What? Have you been camping out inside my ears and you know what I've heard?
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Level 18
Dec 13, 2016
Yes, because of the sheer population of China
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Level 69
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 59
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 81
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 65
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 58
Apr 26, 2016
Can San Fransisco Bay please work?
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Level 58
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 48
Dec 22, 2016
Actually got all of these right. Yay.
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Level 81
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 48
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 78
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 66
Feb 20, 2019
@kalbahamut Where haven't you lived?
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Level 66
Feb 20, 2019
I also live in Virginia and have not heard that term
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Level 69
Nov 15, 2019
Please accept Roma - after all that is it's name. Rome is merely a name given it by foreigners.