The Pseudo-geography Quiz


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Britney Spears once said, "I get to go to overseas places, like Canada." Think you can do better than Britney? Then test yourself in our pseudo-geography quiz.

True or false: "Upstate" refers to all of New York except what's outside the Metropolitan Transportation Authority commuter rail.

Upstate New York is, at least by the capitol's definition, excludes New York City and Long Island, as well as Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester counties.

True or false: The Cascades are a major mountain range, but a cascade is a waterfall.

The Cascade Range is in western North America, not to be confused with a cascade (waterfall).

True or false: A promontory is similar to a headland or a point.

All refer to a point of land that juts out into water.

True or false: Mandarin is a region of China.

Mandarin is a language spoken in certain regions of China.

True or false: A "Latino" is anyone whose ancestors come from a Spanish-speaking country.

That's the definition of "Hispanic." "Latino" refers to people of Latin American descent.

True or false: The phrase "heartland of America" refers to the Midwest.

The Midwest is considered America's "heartland."

True or false: The Midwest includes these 12 states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

These are all Midwestern states.

Which marks Earth's south frigid zone, the Arctic Circle or the Antarctic Circle?

The Antarctic Circle is located at 66 degrees 30 minutes south, the south frigid zone.

True or false: Florida is an isthmus.

An isthmus is a narrow strip of land that connect two bigger pieces of land, such as Panama. Florida is a peninsula.

True or false: New England and the Northeastern states are the same.

New England is made up of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont, but the Northeast also includes New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

True or false: If you're hitching a ride in a slug line, you're in the Washington area.

Washington commuters pick up passengers — slugs — to use high-occupancy vehicle lanes.

True or false: In Rhode Island a "driftway" is an access road to the ocean.

Usually a driftway is a narrow country road, but in Rhode Island it takes you to the shore.

True or false: A bay or a river mouth might also be an estuary.

A bay or river mouth where fresh water mixes with salty ocean water is also an estuary.

True or false: Former Vice President Dan Quayle once said, "It is wonderful to be here in the great state of Chicago."

In 1991 Vice President Dan Quayle confused the city of Chicago as a state.

True or false: Polynesia is one island in the south Pacific.

Polynesia is a group of islands (including Hawaii) in the south Pacific, inhabited by Polynesian people.

True or false: All U.S. citizens are Americans, but not all Americans are U.S. citizens.

While U.S. citizens are Americans, Americans live from Alaska all the way to Tierra del Fuego.

Which are called "parallels": lines of latitude or lines of longitude?

Lines of latitude, running east and west, are called "parallels" because they are always an equal distance from each other.

True or false: An earthquake is a fracture in Earth's crust.

A fracture in Earth's crust is a "fault." Earthquakes happen when a fault line shifts.

True or false: A bay is usually smaller than a gulf.

Both are bodies of water partly enclosed by land, but gulfs, which are usually on the ocean, are typically bigger.

True or false: The Florida Keys are islands of exposed ancient coral reef.

The Florida Keys are an island archipelago made of limestone and part of a coral reef called the Key Largo limestone formation.

The silt, sand and small rocks that build up at the mouth of a river are called what?

Sediment deposited at the mouth of a river as it empties into another body of water is called a delta.

True or false: Brackish water is foam created when seawater is agitated.

Brackish water is a mix of fresh and salt waters, such as in a delta or estuary. Seawater foam is called spume.

True or false: La Nina and El Nino are opposites.

La Nina and El Nino are the cold and warm cycles of El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO).

In the lyrics "drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry," what's a levee?

A levee is a natural or artificial barrier that prevents a river from overflowing.

True or false: The Sun Belt is in Southern California.

The Sun Belt typically includes Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and California.

Is Africa a continent or a country?

Africa is a continent with dozens of countries.

True or false: Oceans and seas are the same.

Oceans and seas are both bodies of salt water; however, seas are smaller and partially surrounded by land.

What is the point beyond which trees will not grow or survive?

Beyond a tree line is an environment, such as elevation or temperature, where trees can no longer grow.

Buttes, mesas, and plateaus are, basically, all flat-topped hills (or mountains). Put them in order from smallest to largest:

From smallest to largest, the order is buttes, mesas then plateaus.

True or false: To be a coast, a shore must body an ocean.

A shore is where any land meets any water, but a coast is a shore that borders an ocean.

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