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1. Goat Island and Horseshoe Falls are parts of what well-known smooching destination?


answer Answer: Niagara Falls

Interesting Information:
The two primary sections of Niagara Falls are Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side and American Falls on the U.S. side. These two sections are separated from each other by Goat Island. Difficulty: Very Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Grand Canyon, Lake Champlain, Victoria Falls

2. Which country is also referred to as 'Hellas'?


answer Answer: Greece

Interesting Information:
'Hellas' is the Greek name for Greece, which is also known as The Hellenic Republic. Greece has been a member of NATO since 1952 and a member of the European Union since 1981. Difficulty: Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Turkey, Albania, Bulgaria

3. What country is also known as 'The Land of the Blue Sky'?


answer Answer: Mongolia

Interesting Information:
Mongolia is located in the continent of Asia. It has borders with Russia and China. Its capital is Ulan Bator. Difficulty: Average.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Japan, China, Russia

4. Which country in Europe is also known as 'The Boot'?


answer Answer: Italy

Interesting Information:
Italy is known as 'The Boot', due to the shape of the coastline resembling a boot. The capital city of Italy is Rome, which the Italians call 'Roma'. Difficulty: Very Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
France, Portugal, Spain

5. What is the only U.S. state to border two oceans?


answer Answer: Alaska

Interesting Information:
Alaska borders both the Pacific and the Arctic Ocean. All other states border, at most, one ocean. Hawaii borders the Pacific Ocean. Maine and Florida border the Atlantic Ocean. Difficulty: Average.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Hawaii, Maine, Florida

6. In what province of Canada would you find Algonquin Provincial Park and the Toronto SkyDome (original name)?


answer Answer: Ontario

Interesting Information:
Ontario is also home to Ottawa, Canada's capital city. Difficulty: Average.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Manitoba, New Brunswick, Quebec

7. Where did the civilization of the Minoans thrive?


answer Answer: Crete

Interesting Information:
This culture is said to have developed on the island of Crete about 1700 BC. Their culture was unique in that it showed no traces of militarism. Difficulty: Average.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Azores, Panama, Aeotolia

8. What is the name of the island chain that stretches across the top of the Pacific Ocean from southwestern Alaska to Russia?


answer Answer: Aleutian Islands

Interesting Information:
The Islands, found in the Northern Pacific Ocean, were known as the Catherine Archipelago before 1867. There are at least 300 islands in the group, known for the volcanoes. Difficulty: Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Kodiak Islands, Pribilof Islands, St. Lawrence Islands

9. Where is the meridian line in London?


answer Answer: Greenwich

Interesting Information:
The world's Prime Meridian Line, with the Longitude 0.0.0, is at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich. Every place on earth is measured on the basis of its distance or angle east or west of this line. Greenwich was chosen as the site of the Prime Meridian by an international conference held in Washington DC in 1884. Difficulty: Very Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Sandwich, Shoreditch, Redbridge

10. The state of Nevada was created out of which large territory that would later become the Bee Hive state?


answer Answer: Utah

Interesting Information:
Nevada was originally part of the Utah Territory. The region was called Washoe. Nevada became a state on October 31, 1864. Difficulty: Average.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Arizona, California, Wyoming

11. A huge portion of which US National Park is actually a massive volcano?


answer Answer: Yellowstone

Interesting Information:
Most scientists believe the volcano is quite active at the moment and could easily erupt in the next 100 years! Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Yosemite, Zion, Big Bend

12. What U.S. state is known as the "Mother of Presidents" because at least eight presidents have been born there?


answer Answer: Virginia

Interesting Information:
Sometimes Virginia is called the "Mother of Presidents" because so many of the early presidents of the United States were native Virginians. Many of the early presidents' homes have been restored and can be visited. Difficulty: Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Iowa, Texas, New York

13. What is the Earth's largest island, that is not also a continent?


answer Answer: Greenland

Interesting Information:
These four choices represent the four largest islands on the earth. However, Greenland is more than twice the size of the second largest island which is New Guinea.
Australia and Antarctica, which are both "islands", are continents. Difficulty: Very Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Borneo, Madagascar, New Guinea

14. What U.S. state is home to the city of Norwich, "The Rose of New England"?


answer Answer: Connecticut

Interesting Information:
The city was first founded in 1659. Some well known people born in Norwich, Connecticut are American Revolution traitor Benedict Arnold and United States president Theodore Roosevelt's second wife, Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt. Norwich is one of the larger cities in New London County located in the southeastern part of the state. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Utah, New Jersey, Delaware

15. What is the nickname of Bruce Springsteen's home state?


answer Answer: The Garden State

Interesting Information:
Bruce was born and raised in Monmouth County, New Jersey. No one is completely certain how the state's nickname came into being, but it has been on their license plates since 1954. Difficulty: Average.
 
Some incorrect choices:
The Empire State, The Golden State, The Jersey State

16. Regularly ranking as the #1 university in Germany, this university is also the oldest. Which is it?


answer Answer: University of Heidelberg

Interesting Information:
Established in 1386, the University of Heidelberg is the oldest and most prestigious university in Germany. Famous alumni include Robert Bunsen, Joseph Gobbels, and Carl Josef Bayer. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
University of Frankfurt, University of Munich, University of Berlin

17. In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers join to form which major river named after an adjacent state?


answer Answer: Ohio River

Interesting Information:
The mighty Ohio River starts at Pittsburgh and ends when it flows into the Mississippi River at Cairo, Illinois. Difficulty: Average.
 
Some incorrect choices:
West Virginia River, Missouri River, Tennessee River

18. How many states in the USA begin with the letter "D"?


answer Answer: 1

Interesting Information:
The only American state that begins with "D" is Delaware, the first state admitted to the union. Difficulty: Average.
 
Some incorrect choices:
4, 0, 3

19. Which country directly borders Egypt to the south?


answer Answer: Sudan

Interesting Information:
Niger, Mali and Algeria are more to the west of Africa, whereas Sudan and Egypt are to the east. Difficulty: Average.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Mali, Niger, Algeria

20. San Marino is one of the smallest countries in the world. It's completely surrounded by which European country?


answer Answer: Italy

Interesting Information:
San Marino is the oldest sovereign state and constitutional republic in the world. Difficulty: Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Germany, Greece, France

21. What is the only compass direction that does not begin the name of a U.S. state?


answer Answer: East

Interesting Information:
The five states with compass directions as part of their name are North Dakota, North Carolina, South Dakota, South Carolina and West Virginia. Difficulty: Very Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
West, North, South

22. This island, rather long and narrow, is a part of New York State, and contains two New York City boroughs. What island is it?


answer Answer: Long Island

Interesting Information:
All the choices are NY islands, but only Long Island is "long and narrow" (120 miles long by a maximum width of 23 miles) and contains two NY boroughs (Queens and Brooklyn). Staten Island is, itself, a NYC borough while Rikers Island is home to a NYC jail. Gardiners Island is a private island and sits off the eastern end of Long Island, between its forks. Difficulty: Average.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Staten Island, Gardiners Island, Rikers Island

23. What is the location of the Canadian province, New Brunswick?


answer Answer: east coast

Interesting Information:
New Brunswick's coast lines include the Bay of Chaleur, Northumberland Straight and the Bay of Fundy. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
west coast, interior, far north

24. What explorer or explorers established Fort Clatsop at the head of the Columbia River near modern-day Astoria, Oregon during the winter of 1805-1806?


answer Answer: Lewis & Clark

Interesting Information:
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark were selected to lead the Corps of Discovery to provide the first American overland expedition to survey the recently purchased Louisiana Territory. A reconstruction of the fort is now a national landmark and administered by the U.S. National Park Service. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
William Rogers Clark, Zebulon Pike, Henry Hudson

25. Which is the largest country in the Caribbean by area?


answer Answer: Cuba

Interesting Information:
With an area of 42,803 square miles, Cuba is the largest of the countries in the Caribbean. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Jamaica, The Bahamas, Haiti

26. Which London underground line was named in honour of Queen Elizabeth's 25th anniversary of ascending the throne?


answer Answer: Jubilee

Interesting Information:
The Jubilee line is represented on London Underground maps by the colour silver. It first opened in 1979. Difficulty: Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Central, Victoria, District

27. In which mountain range is Lake Tahoe located?


answer Answer: Sierra Nevada Mountains

Interesting Information:
Lake Tahoe straddles the border between California and Nevada in the Sierra Nevada Mountains at an elevation of 6,225 ft (1,897m). At a depth of 1,945 ft (501 m), it is the second deepest lake in the United States. The surrounding area is noted for tourism and includes several ski resorts, such as Squaw Valley, Heavenly, and Sugar Bowl. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Rocky Mountains, Alps, Andes

28. Crete, Rhodes and Cos are all islands. Which European country do they belong to?


answer Answer: Greece

Interesting Information:
Cos can be found in the South Aegean sea. Difficulty: Very Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Turkey, Ireland, Spain

29. In which country would you find a rabbit-proof fence over 2000 miles (or over 3,200 km) long?


answer Answer: Australia

Interesting Information:
The rabbit-proof fence is located in Western Australia. It runs from north to south, coast to coast, and consists of three connected fences totalling 2023 miles (3256 km). It was built between 1901 and 1907 to deal with the plague of European rabbits that resulted from their introduction into the wild in 1859. Difficulty: Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Canada, China, Russia

30. What Massachusetts city is known for baked beans, Celtics, Bruins, and Patriots?


answer Answer: Boston

Interesting Information:
Boston is the largest city in New England and one of the oldest cities in the United States, having been founded in 1630. It is the capital of Massachusetts. It also was the heart of the American Revolution, having been the scene of the Boston Tea Party, Battle of Bunker Hill, and the midnight ride of Paul Revere. Sports fans of Boston are fanatics when it comes to supporting the Celtics, Red Sox, Patriots and Bruins. Difficulty: Very Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Cambridge, Worcester, Springfield

31. Which is not a tourist destination in South America?


answer Answer: Victoria Falls

Interesting Information:
Victoria Falls is a large water cascade in southern Africa, on Zimbabwe's border with Zambia. It is part of Zimbabwe's Victoria National Park and Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park in Zambia. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Machu Picchu, Amazon Rainforest, Iguazu Falls

32. No longer found within its borders, what animal is on the state flag of California?


answer Answer: Grizzly Bear

Interesting Information:
Even though it is on the state flag and is the state animal, the grizzly bear has long since left the state. The last confirmed grizzly bear in California was in 1922 when one was shot and killed by a rancher in Fresno County. Difficulty: Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Elk, Mountain Lion, Buffalo

33. Delhi is the second largest metropolis in India. Which is the only city in India that has traditionally had a larger population?


answer Answer: Mumbai

Interesting Information:
Mumbai, formerly called Bombay, is derived from the name of the Koli goddess Mumbadevi. Mumbai houses India's thriving film industry. Difficulty: Average.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Kolkata, Bangalore, Darjeeling

34. Which European city is split by barriers known as "the peace line"?


answer Answer: Belfast

Interesting Information:
The barriers, some as high as 25 feet and others just lines painted in the road, were installed in the 1970s at the outbreak of "The Troubles", and separate the Protestant and Catholic communities. Difficulty: Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
London, Riga, Lisbon

35. The island country of Fiji can be found in which ocean?


answer Answer: Pacific Ocean

Interesting Information:
Fiji is is an island nation in the South Pacific Ocean. Its capital city is Suva. The country occupies an archipelago of about 322 islands. Difficulty: Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean, Arctic Ocean
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