Can You Pass This 5th Grade Geography Quiz?


By: Allie T.

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How well can you read a map or name the capitals of the world? Take this quiz to discover if you can do better than a 5th grader. If you can, you earn a gold star!

How many states are there in the contiguous United States?

There are 48 states all within the same landmass. Alaska is next to Canada while Hawaii is a chain of islands.


What is a continent?

It's any large landmass that is a continuous expanse of land. It is also a mainland with islands.


If you stood in Atlanta, GA what coast of the U.S. are you located?

The eastern coast is where Georgia is located. Virginia, South and North Carolina, plus New York are on the east coast.


What do the letters NE, NW, SE, SW, mean on a map?

Intermediate directions are on the compass that is halfway between the cardinal points of north, south, east, and west. The letters stand for northeast, northwest, southeast, and southwest.


What continent is directly below North America on a map?

South America is considered a Spanish-speaking country. It is bordered by two oceans, a sea, and North America.


What is the capital of the United States?

The D.C. in Washington D.C. stands for District of Columbia. It became the capital in 1791.


The Great Pyramid of Giza is located in __________?

The great pyramid is the largest of the three pyramids in Giza. It is the oldest wonder of the seven wonders of the world.


__________ is the capital of Germany.

Berlin is the largest city in Germany as well as its capital. In the 1400s Berlin was first capital of Margraviate of Brandenburg.


How many bodies of water surround North America?

The Pacific and Atlantic oceans on either side. The Great Lakes to the north and the Gulf of Mexico to the south.


The capital of Mexico is ___________.

Mexico City is the most populous of Mexico's cities, as well as its capital. In Spanish the city is named Ciudad de México.


The seven continents are ___________.

New Zealand is considered part of Australia, even though it has two mainlands and water between the land masses. Asia is the largest of the continents and consists of 9% of the Earth.


A man-made waterway is called a __________.

Canals are used for transportation or irrigation for people and animals. The Roman Empire's Aqueducts and the Panama Canal are both well-known man-made waterways.


What is a deep valley with very deep sides?

A canyon can also be called a gorge. It is usually created by weathering and a river eroding the rock over time.


What is a design on a map that shows direction?

A compass rose is also called a windrose or the Rose of the Winds. It is a circle on a map that shows the cardinal directions: north, south, east, and west.


________ and _________ combine to form Eurasia.

Eurasia covers about 36.2% of the planet's landmass. It also hold about 70% of the world's population.


What is a very dry piece of land?

A desert doesn't receive a lot of rain. That doesn't stop plants such as cactI or animals such as the camel from living there.


The ______________ is the imaginary line around the Earth half-way between the north and south poles.

The equator divides the earth into two hemispheres: northern and southern. It gives the Earth the parallel of latitude 0°.


What is the oldest mountain range in the United States?

The Black Hills look more like hill than mountains but it is probably because they are 1.8 billion years old. They are located mostly in South Dakota and a bit in Wyoming.


The largest populated city in the United States is _______.

In 2016 the population of NYC stood at 8.5 million. The only U.S. city close to that is Los Angeles with a population of 4 million.


___________ is the largest lake in Utah.

Not only is the Great Salt Lake the largest lake it Utah, it's also the one of the largest in the Western Hemisphere and the largest saltwater lake.


What major river in the United States runs from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico?

The Mississippi River flows through ten states. It's 2,320 miles long, with its mouth at the Gulf of Mexico.


Who explored the Columbia river?

Lewis and Clark explored the river from 1805 - 1806 for the U.S. From 1811 - 1812 David Thompson made a full map of it.


Peru is located in ____________.

South America is a continent that is located in the western hemisphere, mostly in the south. The continent contains 12 countries.


The study of the Earth's surface is called ___________.

Geography is a science focused on the Earth's surface with its various climates, natural resources, people, and countries. A Greek named Eratosthenes invented the science of geography.


The ____________ runs between the United States and Mexico.

The Rio Grande serves as a natural border between the United States and Mexico. The river is 1,896 miles long.


A slow moving river of ice is called a ___________.

A glacier is thick ice that moves under its own crushing weight. Glaciers only form on land.


Lebanon is located on what continent?

Asia is the largest continent with the biggest human population in the world. The continent hosts 54 countries, 48 of which are in the U.N.


What are the five great lakes in the United States?

The Great Lakes are an interconnected set of freshwater lakes in the mid-east United States. The lakes have sea-like qualities which are the reasons why they are referred to as inland seas.


The __________ is the small table on a map that explains the symbols used.

A legend or a key is placed on a map so that the user knows how to read the map's symbols or colors. The legend is usually located in a corner of the map.


What is the northernmost part of North America?

Greenland is the Earth's biggest island. However, it is the least populated place in the world.


What continent is at the southern border of Spain?

Africa lands in the number two spot for landmass and population. The continent hosts 54 undisputed countries or states.


The city of __________ is the capital of England.

London is next to the River Thames. It was founded by the Romans and is the most populated city in England.


___________ is the capital of the U.S. state of Ohio.

Columbus is the largest city in Ohio. After Ohio became a state, the state capital went from Chillicothe to Zanesville and back again until it was changed to Columbus in 1812.


North, South, East, and West are known as the __________ directions.

North, south, east, and west are the cardinal directions or cardinal points. North and south are vertical across from one another, while east and west are horizontal across from one another.


A ____________ is a grouping of areas by how they are alike, such as area, language, politics, religion, or plants.

A frequent way to use regions in the United States is to group them into the five regions according to their place on the continent. These five regions include the northeast, southeast, midwest, northwest, and southwest.


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