Quiz: Can You Pass This Basic North American Geography Spelling Quiz?
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Can You Pass This Basic North American Geography Spelling Quiz?
By: Zoe Samuel
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About This Quiz

North America encompasses all of the United States' lower 48 states and Alaska, as well as Canada and - depending on whether you ask someone with a geographical or political background - Mexico and other Central American nations (though for the purposes of this quiz, we're going to stay north of the Rio Grande). It is bounded by the Pacific, Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. It's not one of the biggest continents, as continents go, but that doesn't mean it's easy to remember all of its details. After all, we're talking about a land area that is 94.5 million miles squared, large enough to contain over half a billion people!

Part of what makes North American names reasonably hard to remember is the rich cultural history of the continent. North America has been populated for a really long time by multiple groups with different languages, and while invasion and displacement have resulted in many place names changing, there is still a huge mix of sources for names. For example, some U.S. states, towns and rivers, are named for (or by) the Native American tribe who first lived there. Other places are named for Spanish or French or British conquerors. Others are Anglicized versions of native names, and transliteration is a notoriously imprecise science when it comes to agreeing on the correct spelling.

Can you keep track of all of it? Let's find out!

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Which is the correct spelling for the biggest river in the U.S.?
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Which is the correct spelling for the river on which the capital of the U.S. sits?
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Which is the correct spelling for the highest mountain in the U.S.?
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Which is the correct spelling for the biggest bay on Canada's northern coast?
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Which is the correct spelling for the largest of the Mountain states?
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Which is the correct spelling for the biggest lake in Florida, which has a Native name?
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Which is the correct spelling for the capital of California?
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Which is the correct spelling for one of the Great Lakes?
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Which is the correct spelling for the capital of Florida?
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Which is the correct spelling for the mountain range that dominates upstate New York?
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Which is the correct spelling for the capital of New Hampshire?
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Which is the correct spelling for the capital of North Dakota?
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Which is the correct spelling for the capital of Wyoming?
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Which is the correct spelling for the biggest mountain in Washington State?
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Which is the correct spelling for a big lake in Minnesota with an Ojibwe name?
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Which is the correct spelling for the highest mountain in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains?
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Which is the correct spelling for the major river that flows from Canada to Alaska?
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Which is the correct spelling for the tributary of the Columbia that flows through WA, ID and Canada?
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Which is the correct spelling for the river that was channelized in Florida and later restored?
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Which is the correct spelling for the state just south of Kentucky?
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Which is the correct spelling for the river that flows from northern British Columbia into Alaska and ends at the Bay of Alaska?
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Which is the correct spelling for the river flowing through Montana and British Columbia?
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Which is the correct spelling for the capital of Canada?
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Which is the correct spelling for the largest Canadian territory by land area?
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Which is the correct spelling for the the largest Canadian province by population?
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Which is the correct spelling for the capital of New Brunswick?
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Which is the correct spelling for the capital of Alaska?
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Which is the correct spelling for the capital of Arkansas?
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Which is the correct spelling for the 550,000-acre national forest outside Anchorage?
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Which is the correct spelling for the national forest that spans parts of California and Nevada?
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Which is the correct spelling for the deepest slot canyon in the U.S.?
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Which is the correct spelling for the Finger Lakes town full of suffragette history?
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Which is the correct spelling for the beautiful beach with a native name?
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Which is the correct spelling for the river in Connecticut with an Algonquian name?
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Which is the correct spelling for the desert with a native name?
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