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All these places have colours in their names.
12 quizzes and 125 trivia questions.
  A Colourful World Miscellany   popular trivia quiz  
Match Quiz
 15 Qns
Many countries, cities and places of interest around our world have a colour in their name. Match these to their clues on the left.
Average, 15 Qns, darksplash, Mar 18 23
Mar 18 23
278 plays
Black Places Are Trendy
  Black Places Are Trendy   great trivia quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
Everyone knows that black clothing is trendy, but what about places whose names - in English or other languages - contain a hint of this sombre yet stylish colour?
Average, 10 Qns, LadyNym, Dec 29 20
LadyNym gold member
Dec 29 20
333 plays
  Blue Bayou and Other Colourful Locales   top quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
The world sure is a colourful place; can you match the places I describe with the colour in their name? Note that the colours occupy just a part of the names in question, not them entirely.
Very Easy, 10 Qns, George95, Jun 28 16
Recommended for grades: 5,6,7,8
Very Easy
George95 gold member
1160 plays
  Colour My World   top quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Where on earth would you find these colourfully named places?
Easier, 10 Qns, zorba_scank, Jul 28 22
zorba_scank gold member
Jul 28 22
1793 plays
  A Golden Tour   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
To celebrate my fiftieth quiz, I've booked myself on a first-class world tour of some golden sites. So grab a glass of champagne and join me.
Average, 10 Qns, Snowman, Jul 30 09
Snowman gold member
3646 plays
  International Colors   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Our team, the Internationals, has prepared a quiz for you about all different parts of the world. All of these questions involve colors. We hope you enjoy it!
Average, 10 Qns, triviaking162, Jul 28 22
Jul 28 22
3290 plays
  Orange You Glad You're Alive?    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz is all about places to live or visit that are Orange! Orange you glad?
Average, 10 Qns, mlcmlc, Jul 28 22
mlcmlc gold member
Jul 28 22
2588 plays
  The World Is A Colorful Place    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The world has many "colorful" geographical places. This quiz involves only a few of them.
Easier, 10 Qns, lowtechmaster, Jul 28 22
Jul 28 22
1052 plays
  In the Red: Places   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Welcome to Part 5 of Team Red's 100 question quiz on all things red. On this quiz enjoy a picturesque journey of some of Earth's red sites.
Average, 10 Qns, Triviaballer, Sep 01 19
Triviaballer gold member
Sep 01 19
552 plays
  Colorful Places    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz is about places with a color in their name. Can you name the place?
Average, 10 Qns, caribbean, Nov 19 23
Nov 19 23
6690 plays
  Black Is Black    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
No, not a quiz about a Spanish rock song, but an odyssey to locate some places with black in their name, or find out something about them.
Average, 10 Qns, darksplash, Oct 28 19
Oct 28 19
346 plays
  Black and Blue Sky Thinking    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz contains nine questions about places with the word Black, Blue or Sky in their names, and one other geography related question that keeps to the theme of the quiz.
Average, 10 Qns, rainbowriver, Jul 28 22
rainbowriver gold member
Jul 28 22
590 plays

Colourful Place Names Trivia Questions

1. "Take me back to the Black Hills..." sang Doris Day in the 1953 movie "Calamity Jane". Where in the USA are those Black Hills?

From Quiz
Black Is Black

Answer: Dakota

This is a geography quiz, so we will not dwell much on the musical movie, except to say it was based loosely on a true story and won an Oscar for Best Original Song - "Secret Love". The Black Hills stretch 110 miles long and 70 miles wide across northeastern South Dakota and into western Wyoming. Black Elk Peak is the highest summit, reaching 7,244 feet (2,208 metres). The Black Hills were historically extensively covered in forest, which from a distance made them look black. That view raised the native American name Pahá Sápa. Forestry was formerly the mainstay of the economy but today this has been displaced by tourism. Gold was also extensively mined; The South Dakota Travel Bureau notes "the Black Hills gold rush puts California's to shame."

2. Which fertile region forms part of the border between Minnesota, North Dakota and Manitoba?

From Quiz In the Red: Places

Answer: Red River Valley

The four main population centres in this region are Moorhead in Minnesota, and Grand Forks and Fargo in North Dakota in the United States sector, and Winnipeg in Manitoba, across the border in Canada. The area is part of the Glacial Lake Agassis, which is one of the flattest expanses of land on Earth and when this is coupled with the adverse gradient of the Red River, ice jams and spring thaws, it makes the area prone to some severe flooding. Despite this it possesses a rich soil that is perfect for agriculture, especially wheat and, as a result, is economically important to all the communities in the region. This question gushed from the fertile mind of Team Red's pollucci19.

3. The New Jersey township of Orange separated from the town of Newark in 1806. Once Orange was incorporated into a town in 1860, it was again divided into smaller communities. What name is used collectively for these communities?

From Quiz Orange You Glad You're Alive?

Answer: The Oranges

Orange was incorporated in 1860, but by 1863 it had been subdivided into four separate cities. Orange split into what we know today as Orange, East Orange, West Orange and South Orange. Collectively they continue to be known as "the Oranges".

4. Copper Canyon, in the Sierra Madre Occidental, is in which Mexican state? [Your pet may know.]

From Quiz The World Is A Colorful Place

Answer: Chihuahua

Copper Canyon is a group of six distinct smaller canyons. The system is larger, and some parts deeper, than the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Formed by six rivers that merge into the Rio Fuerte, the canyon gets it name from its walls which are a copper/green color. [A chihuahua, of course, is a small dog.]

5. The Black Hills are a mountain range in which two American states?

From Quiz Black and Blue Sky Thinking

Answer: South Dakota and Wyoming

South Dakota is the 17th largest state in the United States and is home to the Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Some of Wyoming's best known tourist attractions include the Devil's Tower National Monument, Independence Rock and Yellowstone National Park.

6. The name of which Asian country's capital city translates into English as "Red Hero?"

From Quiz International Colors

Answer: Mongolia

Ulan Bator (often also spelt Ulaanbaatar) is Mongolian for Red Hero. The city has been previously called Kuren and Urga, but was renamed Ulan Bator in 1924 following the creation of the Mongolian People's Republic. Ulan Bator is one of the coldest capital cities in the world with an average temperature of about 29.7 degrees Fahrenheit (-1.3 degrees Celsius).

7. In Canada, which central Albertan city was founded by Leonard Gaetz in 1882?

From Quiz In the Red: Places

Answer: Red Deer

Gaetz moved to the banks of the Red Deer River following his retirement as a Methodist minister and bought much of the land surrounding his homestead. As the population grew, he donated land to the Calgary and Edmonton Railway so that they could build a bridge over the river. The first train from Calgary to Edmonton passed through Red Deer in 1891 and the development of this line greatly helped with the growth of the city. Gaetz also founded the Westerner Park at the south end of the city, home to the annual rodeo, "Westerner Days" and ice hockey team, Red Deer Rebels. who play at the Westerner Park Centrium, built in 1991 and host to several well known musical acts such as Tragically Hip, Elton John, Rush and Snoop Dogg. The main highway through Red Deer is Gaetz Avenue, named in Gaetz's honour, as is Gaetz Lakes, Alberta's oldest federal migratory bird sanctuary. This question galloped into the quiz from Team Red member 480154st.

8. When Marjorie Kinna Rawlings published her book, "The Yearling", it brought attention to the area where Orange Lake, Florida, is connected to Lake Lochloosa by a stream. Which of the Florida waterways below fit the description?

From Quiz Orange You Glad You're Alive?

Answer: Cross Creek

"The Yearling" was published in 1938, approximately ten years after Rawlings moved to Cross Creek, Florida. Her autobiography "Cross Creek" was published in 1942. There is both a community called Orange Lake and the lake itself. The shallow lake is a tourist destination for birdwatchers, canoeists, kayakers and anglers. In the 1950s, a sinkhole opened below the lake and the hole was filled with lots of junk cars and other debris until the water level was stable. In the 2000s, another sinkhole opened and debate began concerning how best to save the lake.

9. The island known as Al Khor Island (or Jazirat Al Ghanim) in Qatar is known by which color? [Prince had an album and single with a two-word title that begins with this color.]

From Quiz The World Is A Colorful Place

Answer: Purple

Purple Island gets its name from a purple dye extracted from shellfish harvested as long as 3000 years ago. Located about 40km from Doha, the island is accessed via an earthen walkway. If you visit, you will find archaeological sites over 6000 years old, a mangrove forest, great bird-watching, and excellent crabbing. [The entertainer Prince is known for his album and single "Purple Rain."]

10. The Blue Grotto is a sea cave on which Italian island?

From Quiz Black and Blue Sky Thinking

Answer: Capri

Capri is an island off the south west coast of Italy in the Gulf of Naples. Ischia, Procida and Vivara are also islands in the Gulf of Naples.

11. The middle of Australia is sparsely populated and arid. This part of Australia goes by a very colourful name. What is it known as?

From Quiz International Colors

Answer: The Red Centre

The interior of Australia is known as the Red Centre as the landscape contains very little greenery and lots of red soil. One example of a city in this area is Alice Springs.

12. This is a rocky cliff formation on the southern coast of Malta.

From Quiz Colorful Places

Answer: Blue Grotto

The Blue Grotto got its name from the blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea. The other three do not exist. There is also a Blue Grotto on the isle of Capri off the coast of Italy.

13. Many seas have colorful names, such as the Red Sea. What color is the sea that provides a southern inlet to the Barents Sea? [Ask Bing Crosby.]

From Quiz The World Is A Colorful Place

Answer: White

The White Sea on the northwest coast of Russia is considered to be part of Russia's internal waters. Arkhangelsk, its major port, was once a center for maritime trade and is a major naval and submarine base. ["White Christmas" was Bing Crosby's most famous song.]

14. The Sky Tower is located in which New Zealand city?

From Quiz Black and Blue Sky Thinking

Answer: Auckland

The Sky Tower is part of the SKYCITY Auckland casino complex. It opened in 1997 and stands 328m tall. Some of the tower's features include an observation deck and a revolving restaurant.

15. What name is shared by a national monument in New Mexico and a missile testing site in New Mexico?

From Quiz International Colors

Answer: White Sands

White Sands National Monument has the world's largest gypsum dunefield at 275 square miles. Also, the White Sands Missile Range is the largest U.S. military installation at nearly 3200 square miles.

16. Where would you find a crater simply called "Black"?

From Quiz Black Is Black

Answer: The Moon

Should you wish to visit, you will find Black to the southeast of the walled basin Kästne. It is near the eastern limb of the Moon, just to the southwest of the Mare Smythii. The average distance between earth and the Moon is 384,400 km. I am sure you can get an Uber taxi willing to take you there.

17. In order to be granted a post office, this community changed its name to Orange, California, in 1873. What was the original name of the community?

From Quiz Orange You Glad You're Alive?

Answer: Richland

The application for a post office for the original community, Richland, was not granted because there was another Richland, California. In an attempt to beautify the town, plans were approved in 1887 for a central plaza, and the first fountain was installed. This central plaza earned the town the nickname of "Plaza City". Today the plaza in Orange is surrounded by shops.

18. In southeast Wales, there are a group of hills that extend across the Wales-England border. By which color are they known?

From Quiz The World Is A Colorful Place

Answer: The Black Mountains

The Black Mountains are the eastern most of four ranges in Brecon Beacons National Park. The name may come from a description of a "Blak Montayne" by the sixteenth century antiquarian John Leland. "Hills" is a more appropriate name for the highest peak, Waun Fach, is only 2661 feet in elevation. [The White Mountains are in New Hampshire,the Green Mountains are in Vermont, and the Blue Ridge Mountains are in Virginia.]

19. Which colourful-sounding Iranian village of Delfan County has a name which would be well-suited to clothing army recruits?

From Quiz International Colors

Answer: Khaki

The Iranian village of Khaki is somewhat on the small side with a population of less than 50. Britain first started using khaki coloured uniforms in the late 19th century when they realised that bright red tunics was not the best choice when it came to hiding from a potential enemy. Subsequently khaki went on to become a popular choice as the colour of many nations' military uniforms.

20. Time for a change of continents as we visit Africa. A little R&R is required so we'll head for the sandy beaches of a country that gained independence from Britain in 1957 and was formerly known as the Gold Coast. Where are we headed?

From Quiz A Golden Tour

Answer: Ghana

Ghana's stunning tropical beaches lie only a few degrees north of the equator, so the climate is very warm indeed. Ghana takes its name from the old West African empire, which did not include the land of the modern day country. The empire covered a large area that is mainly in modern day Senegal and Mali. The land of modern day Ghana was found to have significant deposits of gold and so the Europeans came in numbers from the fifteenth century onwards. The Portuguese were the first to establish a trading colony, soon to be joined by the Dutch, the Swedish, the Danish and the English. It was the British who coined the name "Gold Coast" to reflect the abundance of that commodity in the area.

21. Where in the Caribbean could you get a boat to meander along Black River?

From Quiz Black Is Black

Answer: Jamaica

The Black River is 53.4 km (33.2 miles) long. It flows from Cockpit County to the Caribbean Sea. Of course you all know that one of the wrong answers is not in the Caribbean at all.

22. On a trip around Australia's Red Centre, what feature would you *NOT* see?

From Quiz In the Red: Places

Answer: Tessellated pavement

Australia's Red Centre is the large, dry, dusty area in the middle of the continent. It is as well known for its red soil as it is for its searing temperatures. While it has no distinct boundaries it encompasses Alice Springs and parts of Northern Territory and South Australia, however most of the sites are in the NT. The soil is red due to a high accumulation of iron oxides, left after extreme weathering. This soil is also very poor in nutrients and when combined with the temperatures and low rainfall, the area is a desert. The Tessellated pavement is a geological feature at Eaglehawk Nest in Tasmania. This question was retrieved from way down under by Team Red member leith90.

23. The Orange River flows about 1300 miles to the Atlantic Ocean. On which continent is it located?

From Quiz The World Is A Colorful Place

Answer: Africa

The Orange River rises at about 10,800 feet in the Lesotho Highlands. Although it is less than 125 miles from the Indian Ocean to the west, it flows east to the Atlantic. One of the longest rivers on the continent, it has vital economic importance to its region for irrigation, urbanization, and economic development.

24. Who named Greenland Greenland?

From Quiz International Colors

Answer: Eric the Red

Eric the Red was exiled from Iceland after committing murder. During his banishment, he found the area that is now Greenland. He named it Greenland because he hoped the name would attract settlers.

25. The Black Forest is an extensive wooded area in Germany. Apart from a deliciously sweet cake, it is also noted as the setting for several fantasy adventures. Who wrote them?

From Quiz Black Is Black

Answer: The Brothers Grimm

I can just taste a Black Forest gateau as I type these words. It used to be a staple of hotel and restaurant menus in the UK, but seems to have fallen out of favour recently. The Black Forest is now marketed as a tourist paradise. It gets its name from the canopy of evergreens looming above the forest floor. Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty are all works collected by Jacob Ludwig Karl and Wilhelm Carl Grimm.

26. A U.S. Naval Station was opened in Orange, Texas, to build warships. What river, forming part of the border between Texas and Louisiana, was used to transport the ships to the Gulf of Mexico?

From Quiz Orange You Glad You're Alive?

Answer: Sabine

The town wasn't named Orange until 1858. It grew with the lumber industry. Miriam Melissa Lutcher and her husband William Henry Stark, president of Lutcher & Moore Cypress Lumber Company, were art collectors and left a sizable collection now housed in the Stark Museum of Art. In 1975, it was announced that the U.S. Naval Station facility would be closed and ships were moved out of the facility. The facility was put up for sale in 2006 and then closed in 2008.

27. In the United States, Red Rock State Park is located near the city of Sedona. In which state would you find it? [The Grand Canyon State.]

From Quiz The World Is A Colorful Place

Answer: Arizona

Red Rock State Park features a red sandstone canyon and spectacular views of a variety of red rock formations. It connects with the Red Rock Scenic Byway and the Cocohino National Forest's Red Rock Visitor Center.

28. Big Sky Country is the nickname of which American state?

From Quiz Black and Blue Sky Thinking

Answer: Montana

Montana is also known as "The Treasure State" and is the 4th largest state in terms of area but in terms of population, is ranked one of the lowest. According to the U.S. Census of 2010, the state was ranked the 44th most populous state of the 50 U.S. states.

29. What is the longest river in South Africa?

From Quiz International Colors

Answer: Orange River

The Orange River has its beginning in the Drakensberg Mountains and ends 2,200 km (1,367 mi) later where it flows into the Atlantic Ocean at Alexander Bay. Dutch explorer Robert Jacob Gordon (1743-1795) named it after the Dutch House of Orange.

30. Orange is the new black; no, not really, but there are translations of black in many languages. Where would you find a town called Coill Dubh?

From Quiz Black Is Black

Answer: Ireland

"Dubh" is the Gaelic Irish translation of black. Coill Dubh is a town in County Kildare and is about 25 miles north west of Dublin. Coill Dubh is not an ancient town. It was established in 1952 to house workers at a peat (turf) fired electricity generating station. The name comes from the town land of Coill Dubh, which can be translated as Blackwood. Peat from extensive boglands has been used for centuries as a fuel in Ireland. However the severe impact on the environment means that it is being phased out for commercial use. At one time in the 1960s, 40 per cent of the Republic of Ireland's electricity was generated in peat-burning plants. That fell to eight per cent by 2016. The Irish government announced that by the end of 2019 it planned to eliminate all of its 100 million Euro annual subsidies to the commercial peat industries. It was envisaged that peat production for electricity would come to an end by 2027.

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