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Clue
Answer
World's most massive river
South American country
Highest mountain range in the Americas
Tallest mountain in the above
Largest U.S. state by area
Most populous city in the above
Capital of Texas
World's tallest waterfall
Island politically joined with Barbuda
Capital of New York
San Antonio mission where Mexico
defeated Texas
Clue
Answer
"The Grand Canyon State"
Province of Canada
Dutch island in the Caribbean
Driest non-polar desert in the world
Island in San Francisco Bay
with a former prison
City with the world's busiest airport
Capital of Paraguay
Most well known military cemetery
in the United States
Mountain range that stretches from
Alabama to Newfoundland
Answer Stats
Clue
Answer
% Correct
Your %
+8
level 32
Oct 2, 2014
Eleven out 20 questions about the USA?
+2
level ∞
Nov 5, 2014
On this quiz the average USA question is guessed 79.9% of the time, and the average non-USA question is being guessed 71.9% of the time. If anything, this quiz could be even more US-centric.
+15
level 46
Jan 21, 2015
That's an interesting rationale, but surely a country with less than half of both the population and land area of the Americas does not deserve more than half of the questions.
+6
level 59
Jan 21, 2015
kdc4- as with many, many other critics you are free to write your own quiz with as many questions about any subject you want. You could even do one with 0% US questions. It is really quite easy to do.
+4
level 56
Jan 21, 2015
If you don't like ti, create a quiz that you do like. Stop complaining.
+1
level 75
Sep 23, 2015
You are never going to be able to please everybody all the time. We all have radically differing opinions. And this time, all those people were taking this quiz, and writing comments on it.
+5
level 47
Sep 23, 2015
Girls! You're all beautiful!
+8
level ∞
Nov 14, 2017
Reduced the prominence of U.S. questions from 10.5 to 9.5.
+1
level 57
Jan 5, 2018
This side is so USA-Based for real ...
+4
level 73
May 9, 2018
Where are all the people complaining about the ratio of questions on the site pertaining to Belgium versus those pertaining to (much larger, more populous) Congo, Nigeria, Pakistan or Ethiopia?

and then there the omnipresent complaints about there being too many questions about the United States because the country is so large and populous, and calls for there to more questions based on per-capita figures so that small, low-population European countries show up more.

When it suits an anti-American bias they will argue that population or size should be a factor. When it suits an anti-American bias, they will argue that population or size should not be a factor. Some of these people will never be pleased.
+1
level 56
Jul 2, 2018
not really that I care about, but I think the issue is not the number of questions about USA but the contents of some of those questions. some are kind of global interest, some are just popular folklore and ruin the score. not worth discussing in many many cases. any quizz I got 4 points is good to me :D
+4
level 69
Jan 20, 2018
There must have been a question changed since there are 10 questions (50%) that are not about the United States. Even still, how many more non-USA "A" questions could be created without them being so obscure that people outside that region would not know?
+1
level 51
May 9, 2018
Why not? Only the third highest population in the world.
+2
level 49
Jan 21, 2015
Isn't Antarctica the driest dessert in the world? Atacama is definitely driest in the Americas, but that's not what the clue says.
+1
level 60
Jan 21, 2015
that's exactly what I thought
+3
level 44
Jan 21, 2015
Even though the subject is the Americas, the clue should be re-worded to remove "in the world". Dry Valleys in Antarctica is actually the world's driest place.
+2
level 24
Sep 23, 2015
ADD LIKE BUTTONS NOW <3 Must. Like. That. Comeback.
+1
level 57
Jan 5, 2018
You can click on the heart XD
+1
level 70
Jun 5, 2018
You couldn't in 2015
+36
level ∞
Jan 21, 2015
Shortbread is the world's driest dessert.
+4
level 49
Jan 21, 2015
And this is why we need a like button, Quizmaster.
+1
level 70
Jan 11, 2018
You obviously haven't tried my Jacob's-crackers-and-salt-cake
+2
level ∞
Jan 21, 2015
But seriously, I changed the clue.
+1
level 73
Jan 21, 2015
Only missed Akon Water.
+1
level 65
Jan 21, 2015
Should accept 'Austen' for Austin.
+2
level 62
Jan 21, 2015
Why? "en" is not an alternate spelling for Austin, Texas, since it's named after Stephen F. Austin (still an "in").
+1
level 73
Jan 21, 2015
Would you also expect him to accept Jane Austin?
+2
level 43
Jan 21, 2015
Anti-US bias seems to come from a lot of posters to a lot of different quizzes. The United States of America is not only the most populous nation on either continent, it also has the highest GDP, is the center of entertainment, culture, news, p and finance not just in the continent but probably the world. The USA has just shy of the same number of people (320 + million) as the second and third most populous nations in the two continents (Brazil at 203 + million and Mexico at 120 +) combined. I am an American, although I am against the most extreme expressions of "American Exceptionalism," and find the constant pandering of politician - who say America is not only the greatest nation in the world today, but the greatest in the history of mankind - to be revolting. The USA has done and continues to do many bad things, just as all nations do. No nation or human being is even close to perfect, but those who carry a chip on their shoulder regarding America need to get over themselves.
+3
level 45
Feb 13, 2015
People who whine - and apologize - about American Exceptionalism, don't understand American Exceptionalism. America is exceptional for its ideals and founding principles, not for its GDP, World Rankings, Gold Medal Count, or any such evaluative criteria. The US has inspired more democratic movements and sent more men and women to die for and give aid to foreign countries to attain freedom and rebuild from natural disasters than any other country. Freedom of the Press, Freedom of Expression, Prosecutorial Protections, Free Democratic Elections, even a Constitutional Guarantee to the Pursuit of Happiness are all principles America contributed to the world. Americans ASPIRE to bring freedom and liberty to the world and affirmatively act to do so - with mixed results I'll grant you - but name another country or historical empire that has done as much or felt such a duty.
+1
level 24
Sep 23, 2015
Geography is amazing, I love it so very much, and it is brilliantly fun :)
+3
level 64
May 9, 2018
Utter tosh. The founding principles of individual liberty in the US came from England - many recorded in the Magna Carta, 500 years before Jefferson put quill to paper. England had a Bill of Rights 100 years before the US. Democracy is Athenian in origin - so just 2000 years before the US then (but similarly withheld from slaves). I suspect that the French revolution has inspired far more democratic movements than the U.S. The very suggestion that the US has suffered most in the cause of freedom would be an obscenity to, say, the Poles, or let's think. the Vietnamese. Just like Roman, Ottoman, British and Inca exceptionalism, that of the US comes from wealth and force. The conceit that it comes from some kind of moral ascendancy Is laughable. I am certainly grateful that the US is the most powerful nation in the world today over dictatorships and theocracies - but the one thing which would improve the US ascendancy more than anything else would be a little humility.
+1
level 73
May 9, 2018
Humility? Coming from someone like you after the post you just made that suggestion seems a little hollow. And you totally failed to understand Jm's point. Historically, the idea of American exceptionalism had nothing to do with power, wealth, or might of arms. It was not at all related to present-day American cultural, athletic, or militaristic hegemony. The people who came up with this concept could not have envisioned such a thing as they did so before America was even a great power. If the simple expression of fact, originally made by Europeans like Alexis de Tocqueville, Karl Marx, John Winthrop and others, that America is in some way different from the European powers of 18th and 19th centuries, is *so* offensive to you in its mundanity that you feel compelled to react defensively, then, with humility, I suggest that you might need to observe your own advice. It's true that contemporary American politicians misuse this phrase. But that was also part of Jm's point.
+1
level 58
May 9, 2018
Jmlnr is part of the reason people aren't too keen on the US.
+3
level 64
May 9, 2018
Long on froth short on facts as ever Kal. You can't address the points I actually made so you invent things to attack. I was not 'offended'. I can't really see how you've inferred that. Every Great Power has the conceit at the height of its powers that it is exceptional. It is human nature to believe that. There is nothing novel about the US belief system (or "thing" in your words). It is and has always been derivative. The only reason it has such volume is the money and the power behind it. There's nothing wrong with that, but you do rather give the game away with your furious response to the mere suggestion that humility might help on occasion. As I say, I'm rather glad the US is the most powerful country in the world, but please let's not pretend that we look to the US because of some mysterious superior morality. We're all adults here.
+1
level 58
May 10, 2018
"Utter tosh?" how would one interpret that other than as an indication of being offended? {at least, that's how I took it. I will admit to never having heard it before).
+1
level 73
May 10, 2018
If you were an adult you would probably have paused to go and learn something instead of responding, twice, in a condescending and flamboyantly hypocritical fashion to posts that you have demonstrated, twice, that you don't understand. I tried to inform you. You looked right past the facts to some perceived insult and responded like a child. I would repeat what I already said but if it didn't sink in the first two times I don't know what good a 3rd time would do for you.
+1
level 64
May 12, 2018
Oh dear Kal. Is that really the best you can come up with? I feel a bit let down. Still, it could be worse. I could have been one of Thomas Jefferson's slaves.
+1
level 75
May 13, 2018
You can tell rufty's been defeated when he resorts to taunting.
+1
level 64
May 13, 2018
Yes of course that's what just happened. If you're genuinely interested in the sources of the USA's notions of individual liberty also have a look at the Petition of Right, the Grand Remonstrance, the Putney Debates and the Bill of Rights. You'll find things that echo across the centuries such as what Colonel Rainsborough said in Putney and the Gettysburg address.
+4
level 65
Apr 23, 2016
Or perhaps your country should stop invading others?
+2
level 66
Nov 8, 2016
I would suggest we form a circle and sing "Kumbaya" but you know, 'Murican song and all.
+1
level 73
May 9, 2018
Go for it, Roger, hypocrisy never stopped these people before.
+2
level 68
Jan 21, 2015
My mind went to Azkaban before Alcatraz. Have mercy.
+1
level 45
Feb 13, 2015
Refreshing comment! Funny and not criticizing QM or bashing USA. BTW - Azkaban was arguably more miserable, but Alcatraz had fewer escapes.
+1
level 24
Sep 23, 2015
LOL
+1
level 67
Jan 21, 2015
The news tonight said that Chicago was the busiest. Just took it back from Atlanta. Again.
+1
level ∞
Jan 22, 2015
That seems unlikely. O'Hare has fallen all the way to #6

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World%27s_busiest_airports_by_passenger_traffic

+1
level 58
Jan 29, 2015
Report from yesterday states that Dubai is the busiest airport in the world, followed by London - Heathrow. Atlanta is busiest in Americas
+1
level 48
Jan 29, 2015
Any source? Heathrow only grew in 2014 passengers numbers by about 1-2%. So it's unlikely it's overtaken Atlanta and Beijing.
+1
level 73
Jan 25, 2015
easily googled

O'Hare has overtaken Atlanta in terms of the number of "flight operations."
Atlanta is expected to retain it's #1 spot in terms of the number of passengers.
+1
level 19
Mar 6, 2015
You missed Arkansas. Other than that one mistake, great quiz! I recommend this and the others to pretty much everybody. Sorry if I spelled something wrong. I am typing on an iPod Touch8D if you do not know to the left is an Emoji for those who don't have Emojis
+1
level 73
May 9, 2018
You must be an Arkasodian.
+1
level 57
Mar 20, 2016
I thought Hong Kong was the world's busiest airport?
+1
level 48
Mar 20, 2016
Only by cargo. Atlanta is busiest by passenger numbers. And Dubai by international passengers
+1
level 54
Feb 18, 2017
I could not for the life of me remember the Appalachians, but the "harder" ones came to mind pretty quickly!
+1
level 70
Nov 17, 2017
I can't stand that whenever I see mention made of Aruba, I immediately think of that vile, low-life, scum-sucking waste of oxygen, Urine van der Sloot. It is sad that he is still drawing breath.

Dangle him over a wood-chipper and tell him he has 10 seconds to tell where Natalee Holloway's body is. If he doesn't talk, let Mr. and Mrs. Holloway lower him in at whatever speed they'd like, feet first. And if he DOES talk, then just put one right between his eyes.
+1
level 62
Nov 18, 2017
Wow..
+1
level 66
Apr 27, 2018
Leave him where he is, life in that jail is not a life at all, he still has 20 years to serve.
+1
level 62
Apr 22, 2018
Too South American and Caribbean centric! LOL
+1
level 37
May 9, 2018
biggest problem was spelling Apalachian Apallatian Apallation appellachian etc..
+1
level 68
May 19, 2018
Are you saying you found its appellation difficult?
+1
level 46
May 10, 2018
easy
+1
level 58
May 11, 2018
Pedant Alert!! The Arlington Cemetery question: "Best known..." or "A well known..." would be more good.
+1
level 23
May 11, 2018
More like "USA geography and a bit of the rest of the continent"... please learn that USA is JUST A PART OF A HUGE CONTINENT WITH LOTS OF COUNTRIES
+1
level 73
May 12, 2018
Please learn how to use capitalization.
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