Geography True or False #1

Try to guess whether these geographical statements are true or false.
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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 drive on roads all the way from Anchorage to Buenos Aires
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
The United Kingdom borders the Republic of Ireland
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 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 78
Feb 5, 2019
#6 and #15: farther, not further ;-)
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Level 72
Feb 6, 2019
Both apply in those sentences.
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Level 66
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 67
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 69
Jul 10, 2021
I haven't heard 'farther' used as a verb or in the abstract ("violence will not farther our cause", "let's discuss this farther" both sound a bit weird) but 'further' can be used for all senses. So say Merriam Webster and Collins dictionaries.

The idea that "farther = physical and further = abstract" is not backed-up by established dictionaries, which actually allow for both uses for both words. Having said that, there does seem to be a bias in favour of 'farther' in the sense of physical distance in many parts of the US. In the UK you could use either to refer to physical distance, but 'farther' might sound a bit archaic/American - not that that's a problem!

TL;DR Use 'further' and forget about 'farther' and you'll be fine, as long as you don't mind occasionally upsetting some Americans :p

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Level 46
Aug 21, 2021
In British English ‘farther’ is very rarely used.
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Level 68
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 81
Mar 29, 2019
I did as well because it said "Lakes."
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Level 83
Mar 29, 2019
Bah! Psyched myself out on the Singapore one, thinking it must be a trick question.
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Level 64
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 55
Mar 27, 2020
I always thought it shared borders with Malaysia, since we crossed the borders there between Malaysia and Singapore. Guess I didn't look out the window well enough to see it was all islands.
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Level 52
Mar 29, 2019
Had to stop and think about 14 for a moment, which is pretty depressing.
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Level 55
Mar 29, 2019
Which country shares a border with the UK??
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Level 53
Mar 29, 2019
Ireland
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Level 30
Mar 29, 2019
Northern Ireland is part of the UK and borders Ireland on land.
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Level 52
Feb 9, 2020
Ireland and Spain (Gibraltar)
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Level 74
Mar 27, 2020
Not Spain. Gibraltar is not part of the United Kingdom.
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Level 61
May 6, 2020
JackintheBox, Gibraltar is British... It's a common fact most people know
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Level 69
Jul 26, 2021
It's a British overseas territory, but it's quite definitely not part of the UK.
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Level 56
Oct 21, 2020
TamuAudwodia - Gibraltar is not part of the United Kingdom. It is a British Overseas Territory.
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Level 51
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 52
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 72
Mar 29, 2019
I have never heard anyone incorrectly try to make this correction. What is the thinking here?
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Level 65
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 75
Mar 29, 2019
#18 seems to be a history question, not a geography question?
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Level 65
Mar 29, 2019
It's both.
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Level 46
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 57
Mar 29, 2019
The Panama Canal.
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Level 73
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 66
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 49
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 82
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 48
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 37
Mar 27, 2020
As another poster pointed out, Panama gained its independence from Colombia. Why make it easy for them to try and reclaim Panama? A physical barrier is one of the best protections.
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Level 43
May 2, 2019
Only got the Paris/Toronto one wrong
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Level 60
Apr 14, 2020
Its crazy. Not only is Toronto further south than Paris, but also further south of Mainland France!
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Level 61
May 6, 2020
The southernmost part of Canada is as south as the southernmost part of Montenegro
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Level ∞
Oct 1, 2021
The southernmost part of Canada is also further south than the northernmost point of California.
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Level 69
Jul 10, 2021
I don't really understand the confusion about Europe and North America being at similar latitudes - like this or NYC being further south than Rome. They're both northern hemisphere continents that go up into the Arctic ... especially Canada!
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Level 60
Sep 17, 2021
The thing is, on the latitude of where Canada is frozen wasteland, Europe has clima of NYC or Washington. And on latitudes of those, Europe is almost comparable to Florida and the Caribbean. But I wouldn't call it a confusion, people tend to know it's because of the oceal currents, just a interesting thing people like to point out.
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Level 32
Feb 21, 2020
18/18 in 38seconds
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Level 73
Mar 26, 2020
"There is a country that begins with every letter of the alphabet" this can be worded better haha
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Level 72
Mar 27, 2020
The time zone one made me pause for a long time. Xinjiang has, sort of, its own time zone. You have to learn which things operate on Xinjiang time (almost everything) and which things on national time.
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Level 86
Jan 20, 2021
I guess since time zones are a human construct, it makes sense, but based on sheer size, China should probably utilize multiple time zones.
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Level 56
Apr 20, 2021
Should and Do are very different