15 Basic Geography Questions You Should Be Able To Answer

Geography is all around us, shaping our understanding of the planet we call home. But is our general knowledge about geography good enough to answer the basic geography questions?

Basic Geography Quiz

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Whether you’re a seasoned geography enthusiast or just looking to brush up on the basics, this quiz is a great way to explore the diverse aspects of our world.

Let us know in the comments your score out of 15!

1. What Ocean Is On The West Coast Of The United States?

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What ocean is on the West Coast of the United States?

Answer

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The ocean on the west coast of the United States is the Pacific Ocean.

2. What Is the Largest u.s. State by Area?

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What is the largest U.S. state by area?

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Covering an estimated 663,267 square miles, Alaska is the largest U.S. state by area.

3. What Are The Names of The Five Oceans?

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Wheat are the names of the five oceans?

Answer

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Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean, Arctic Ocean and the Southern Ocean (Antarctic). 

4. What is The Closest Planet to Earth?

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What is the closest planet to Earth?

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The correct answer is Mercury.

5. Can You Name Three U.S. States With A Coastline On The Gulf Of Mexico?

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Can you name three U.S. states with a coastline on the Gulf of Mexico?

Answer

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The answers are Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida.

6. What Is the Capital of the United States?

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What is the Capital of the United States?

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Washington D.C. is the capital of the U.S.

Named after President George Washington, who is considered the “father of our country.”

7. Name One of the Two Longest Rivers in the United States.

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Name one of the two longest rivers in the United States.

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The two longest rivers in the United States are the Missouri River (2,540 Miles long), and the Mississippi River (2,350 Miles long).

6. Canada Shares The World’s Longest National Border With What Country?

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Canada shares the world’s longest national border with what country?

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Canada shares the world’s longest national border with the United States.

7. What Is the Largest Hot Desert In the World?

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What is the largest hot desert in the world?

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The largest hot desert in the world is the Sahara Desert. However, the largest desert in the world is the Antarctic, an ice-cold polar desert.

8. What Is The Largest Country in The World?

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What is the largest country in the world?

Answer

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The answer is Russia.

9. What Is the Netherlands Also Called?

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What is The Netherlands also called?

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The Netherlands is also called Holland.

10. What Is The Smallest Country In The World?

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What is the smallest country in the world?

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The answer is the Vatican City.

13. What Is the Highest Mountain Peak in the World?

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What is the highest mountain peak in the world?

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Mt. Everest is the highest mountain peak in the world.

14. In Which Country Do You Find the Eiffel Tower?

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In which country do you find the Eiffel Tower?

Answer

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The Eiffel Tower is located in France. We hope you didn’t say “Paris” as your country!

15. Name 7 Countries in Europe

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Name 7 countries in Europe.

Answer

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There are 44 countries in Europe. Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, and Cyprus. Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania Russia, San Marino Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine United Kingdom, and Vatican City.

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How Well Did You Do?

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Thank you for participating in the quiz. We encourage you to continue your journey of discovery through the fascinating world of geography. We hope this experience has been both enlightening and enjoyable!

How well did you do?

This article has been produced by TPR Teaching.

Caitriona Maria is an education writer and founder of TPR Teaching, crafting inspiring pieces that promote the importance of developing new skills. For 7 years, she has been committed to providing students with the best learning opportunities possible, both domestically and abroad. Dedicated to unlocking students' potential, Caitriona has taught English in several countries and continues to explore new cultures through her travels.

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