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Geography True or False #1

Guess whether these geographical statements are true or false.
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First submittedFebruary 4, 2019
Last updatedMarch 28, 2019
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1. Mexico is south of the Equator
True
False
2. New Zealand has more sheep than people
True
False
There are more than 5 sheep for every person in New Zealand
3. There is a country that begins with every letter of the alphabet
True
False
No countries begin with X. Only the partially-recognized state of Western Sahara starts with W.
4. It's possible to travel on roads from the United States to South America
True
False
There are no roads through the Darién Gap in Panama and Colombia
5. China only has one time zone
True
False
6. Paris is further north than Toronto
True
False
7. Africa has a larger area than Russia
True
False
8. Russia borders both North Korea and Norway
True
False
9. Switzerland is part of the European Union
True
False
Switzerland didn't even join the United Nations until 2002
10. Besides Italy, there are no countries where Italian is an official language
True
False
Italian is also official in San Marino, Switzerland, and the Vatican
11. No countries share a land border with the United Kingdom
True
False
12. There is a country whose currency is called the Lira
True
False
Turkey uses the Lira
13. Minnesota borders the Great Lakes
True
False
Minnesota borders Lake Superior
14. At least some of the Arctic Ocean is always frozen
True
False
By the end of the century, and probably much earlier, this will no longer be true
15. Shanghai is further north than Beijing
True
False
16. 100% of the territory of Singapore is located on islands
True
False
17. Ethiopia is landlocked
True
False
Ethiopia became landlocked when Eritrea became independent in 1993
18. Morocco was never colonized by European powers
True
False
Morocco was colonized by the French and the Spanish
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level 74
Feb 5, 2019
#6 and #15: farther, not further ;-)
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level 67
Feb 6, 2019
Both apply in those sentences.
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level 63
Mar 29, 2019
The original observation is correct if not pedantic. It's not a hard and fast rule, but general consensus is that farther refers to physical distance while further applies to more abstract concepts. But as long as people understand the point then it doesn't really matter if they're used interchangeably.
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level 61
Jul 20, 2019
I had allways been under the impression that one was american and the other was british... like armor and armour... and mom and mum... hmmm
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level 57
Mar 5, 2019
Damn it! I 95% knew Minnesota bordered at least one of the great lakes, yet I doubted myself thinking it was a trick question.
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level 74
Mar 29, 2019
I did as well because it said "Lakes."
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level 79
Mar 29, 2019
Bah! Psyched myself out on the Singapore one, thinking it must be a trick question.
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level 61
Mar 29, 2019
It's very hard to see on a small scale and the bridges don't make it easier on a medium-big scale. Not surprising some people don't know that one.
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level 38
Mar 29, 2019
Had to stop and think about 14 for a moment, which is pretty depressing.
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level 56
Mar 29, 2019
Which country shares a border with the UK??
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level 39
Mar 29, 2019
Ireland
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level 26
Mar 29, 2019
Northern Ireland is part of the UK and borders Ireland on land.
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level 45
Mar 29, 2019
I thought it was Monaco and not Morocco so I pressed True :D cant read
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level 44
Mar 29, 2019
Question #7 should state Africa has "an" larger area than Russia - not "a"
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level 47
Mar 29, 2019
You only use "an" when the Word after it starts with a vowel sound. In this case that word is "larger" which starts with an L
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level 70
Mar 29, 2019
I have never heard anyone incorrectly try to make this correction. What is the thinking here?
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level 57
Mar 29, 2019
I'm guessing that it's because "area" starts with a vowel. In other languages the article used depends on the gender of the noun, the adjective if it precedes the noun being irrelevant. I would be very surprised if Ilovequizzes was a native speaker and serious.
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level 68
Mar 29, 2019
#18 seems to be a history question, not a geography question?
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level 57
Mar 29, 2019
It's both.
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level 47
Mar 29, 2019
Why do the roads just stop in southern Panama? Why wouldn't they connect it all the way to Colombia?
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level 42
Mar 29, 2019
The Panama Canal.
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level 70
Mar 29, 2019
The Panama canal has bridges and also is in the middle of the country. You can't cross from Panama to Colombia because there is a dense jungle in the border called the Darién Gap
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level 63
Mar 29, 2019
You know it's some crazy, crazy jungle when they choose not to build a road through it, and yet - just north of there - they dug an enormous system of trenches literally across the entire country so ships could move across land. One of the world's most audacious engineering projects in human history was more a palatable and ultimately doable idea than 60+ miles of tarmac.
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level 46
Apr 4, 2019
It is a crazy dangerous jungle. But there are some important historical reasons for which the road was never built. Panama was a part of Colombia, and after gaining independence wasn't too interested in building a road that would allow a Colombian army to march right into the country. Later, the dense rain forest of the Darien gap partially protected Panama by containing some Colombia's problems, including the civil war, drug smuggling and outbreaks of hoof and mouth disease. Although policy makers are less concerned about the environment, ecologically speaking, the construction of a highway would be a total disaster, bisecting one of the most diverse ecological hot spots in the world and giving loggers access to the largest continuous rain forest in Central America and the biggest in South America after the Amazon.
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level 43
May 2, 2019
It's not just the jungle. Gangs operate out of the jungle there which makes the project not only expensive but dangerous as well. there isn't enough reason for them to build a highly expensive and dangerous road.
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level 77
Apr 5, 2019
It's not the canal. There are two major highways that go over the canal. It's jungle, mountains, national parks and politics. And on both sides of the border there just isn't much that is developed in that area. It would be extraordinarily expensive to try and finish a decent road connecting the major metropolitan areas of both countries and bridge the Darien Gap, and not economically viable since there are already many cheap and efficient water and air routes that serve the same function.
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level 43
Mar 29, 2019
Panama Canal and Darien Pass(primitive forest between Panama and Colombia).
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level 65
Mar 30, 2019
Darken Gap, yes. Panama Canal, no. There are bridges spanning the canal.
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level 43
May 2, 2019
Only got the Paris/Toronto one wrong