Is it the United States or Canada?

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John Miller

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About This Quiz

"O Canada! Our home and native land!" Wait! Rather, is it, "Oh, say can you see?" When it comes to North America, the area that it spans is largely due to the United States and Canada. When it comes to these major nations, can you tell the difference between the two?

When it comes to the United States and Canada, they were both founded on land that belonged to the Native Americans. After the land was "discovered" by settlers, it would take years before the countries would become official nations. The United States would form in 1787 with Delaware's ratification of the Constitution. This would continue until 1959 when the last state, Hawaii, would ratify the Constitution. While the U.S.'s history began in the 1700s, Canada's would form some 80 years later. The British colony of the Province of Canada would join with New Brunswick and Nova Scotia to form the beginning stages of what we recognize Canada to be today. As time would go on, these countries would grow to have some similarities and many differences. 

The United States and Canada both rank in the top three largest nations while the United States also has the world's third largest population. While English is an official language in both countries, French is also an official language in Canada. The two countries even share one of the biggest tourist attractions in North America - the Niagara Falls. From pronunciations to the most-viewed sport, the United States and Canada greatly differ from each other. Can you tell them apart? Let's find out with this quiz!

Which country has a larger military force?

America has the most powerful military in the world. According to the Global Firepower ratings, Canada ranks 26th, but that doesn't count all of the moose and bears, and they'll getcha, eh?

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The gray jay is the national bird of which country?

Canada's gray jay is found in every province and territory. It wasn't selected as the national bird until 2016, after a national poll and a lot of rather heated arguments from wildlife lovers across the nation.

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Which country averages more tornadoes per year?

The United States, with its unusual blend of geography and weather, has about 1,000 tornadoes per year, more than any country on Earth. Canada has fewer than 100 tornadoes each year.

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Which country has more cities with a population exceeding 1 million?

You might think, well, of course, the answer is the United States. But the numbers are closer than you think. America has 10 cities with 1 million or more people; Canada has 6.

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The so-called Founding Fathers played a major role in the early development of which country?

The Founding Fathers were key figures in the shaping of America. Men like Thomas Jefferson and George Washington set forth lofty ideals that are interwoven with many aspects of U.S. politics.

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Which country is famous for a culinary creation called poutine?

Poutine is often associated with Canada. It is French fries topped with cheese curds topped with gravy. And you thought Americans ate unhealthy foods.

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Hollywood celebrity and funny man Jim Carrey hails from which nation?

Jim Carrey, a longtime Hollywood star, was born in Ontario in 1961. He now has dual citizenship, having earned American citizenship in 2004.

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Lacrosse is the official summer sport of which nation?

You Americans are scratching your heads and saying, "Lacrosse, that one sport, with that one thing, right?" It's the official summer sport of Canada. Canada's official winter sport? Hockey, of course.

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Which country's military suffered more casualties in World War II?

About 44,000 Canadians died in World War II and another 54,000 were wounded. About 420,000 Americans perished, with about 670,000 wounded. Both numbers pale compared to losses suffered by countries like the Soviet Union, which incurred tens of millions of deaths.

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Which country is the second-biggest nation on Earth?

Canada is a gigantic country, the second-largest nation in the world after Russia. It covers more than 3.8 million square miles, much of it rural or downright remote countryside. America is the fourth-largest country.

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Which country has more national parks?

The United States has 58 national parks to its credit. Canada has 40 national parks.

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During World War I, which country played a major role in the bloody Battle of Vimy Ridge?

World War I was a significant turning point in Canadian history, lending a new sense of courage and identity to Canada and its military. Canadians suffered horrific losses at the Battle of Vimy Ridge, but endured and gave the Allies a crucial victory.

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Jamestown was an incredibly important settlement in which country?

Jamestown was the first permanent British settlement in the area that became Virginia. It was established way back in 1607 and then was famously abandoned for a time when the residents encountered extreme hardship.

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Which country has had more top political leaders assassinated?

America has a dismal record with presidential assassinations: nine percent of the country's presidents have been killed by assassins. Canada has never had a prime minister die by assassination.

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Which country peacefully negotiated its independence from Britain?

The United States fought a bloody war for independence. Canada? Not so much. In 1867, Canada became an independent entity within the British Empire. Yet for years afterward, many Canadians still thought of themselves as British rather than Canadian.

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Which country has three territories?

Canada has three territories, including Nunavut, the Yukon and Northwest Territories. America currently has 16 territories.

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Which country produces more uranium each year?

Canada is one of the world's biggest producers of uranium, with more than 13,000 tons produced in 2015. Uranium, of course, is a critical component of nuclear reactors and weapons.

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Which country has the longest highway?

At more than 4,860 miles long, the Trans-Canada Highway is one of the longest highways in the world. U.S. Highway 20 is a coast-to-coast route, but it is "only" 3,365 miles long.

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Which country has a greater number of bird species?

Canada has more than 400 bird species throughout its territory. America, with its more diverse ecosystems, has more than 900 bird species.

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Movie star and Hollywood bigwig Tom Cruise is originally from which country?

Cruise is the quintessential American star -- handsome, perpetually youthful and more than a little crazy. He was born in Syracuse, New York.

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Canada and America had military clashes during the War of 1812. Which country invaded the other?

During the War of 1812, the U.S. invaded Canada. The ill-advised attacks accomplished little, America learned a lesson and the two nations have been great allies ever since.

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Which nation has the longest coastline of any country in the world?

If you like seaside areas, you'll love Canada, which has about 125,000 miles of coastline, most of which is chilly or cold. With that parka on, think of the money you'll save on sunblock!

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Which country has a higher literacy rate?

Canada is consistently ranked in the upper 90 percent for literacy rate. The U.S. literacy rate is roughly 85 percent, meaning that a substantial number of Americans simply can't read.

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Which country has a constitution that guides many political activities?

Both countries have a Constitution. But the Constitution of the United States is a century older and has strongly influenced democracies around the world, including Canada.

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Which country is home to the oldest company in North America?

The Hudson Bay Company is based in Canada. Founded in 1670 (in England), it conducted major fur trading operations throughout Canada. The company is still a major retailer of clothing.

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Which country spans more time zones?

Both the United States and Canada sprawl a long way from east to west. Both countries span six time zones.

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Which country has a greater percentage of its population living in cities?

Both America and Canada have moved to a largely urban civilization. About 80 percent of both populations live in urban areas.

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Which country consumes the most doughnuts per capita?

Canada is obsessed with coffee and doughnuts. Canada has the greatest concentration of doughnut shops on Earth.

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Which country has the tallest waterfall?

You might think that the wilds of Canada are home to a tall waterfall, and you'd be right -- Della Falls is more than 1,440 feet high. But in Hawaii, there is Olo'upena Falls, which is 2,953 feet tall.

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Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone, one of humankind's most important inventions. He lived where?

Bell, a hero of humanity, was born in Scotland and lived much of his life in Canada. He died in Nova Scotia in 1922.

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