Can You Get a Perfect Score on Today's World Geography Quiz?


By: Lenore Brown

5 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

How much do you know about this dusty globe on which we tread? It's a tremendously intricate place, full of mountains, valleys, oceans, seas, lakes, canyons, plateaus, cities of all sizes and shapes ... and even some pretty neat places to eat! In this quiz, we'll see how much you know about the layout of our world.

Everyone knows about the Grand Canyon, but do you know where the Linville Gap is located? It's just as beautiful, if not quite as deep and rocky.  You know about Mount Everest, but do you know in which country it's found?  Get a perfect score on this quiz and you might just feel as if you've summited that noble peak without ever having to leave your desk!

Man-made works are as big a part of our planet's geography as those created by nature.  Sure, you can probably locate Paris on a map, but how about the Basque region? (Speaking of great places to eat ...)  You can pick out Japan on a map, but how about the island of Okinawa, where the Japanese residents are of a different cut than those in the main part of the country?

We'll send you trooping across the globe in this quiz, so pack your bags and get started!

How many continents are in the world?

There are 7 continents in the world: Asia, Africa, North and South America, Europe, Australia, and Antarctica. Some geographers combine Europe and Asia into one giant continent known as Eurasia.


What is the smallest country in square kilometers?

Vatican City is a country, but it is the smallest by far. Monaco and Nauru follow as the next smallest countries.


Which mountain is often known as the tallest on Earth?

Mount Everest is considered the tallest mountain in the world at 29,029 feet, but scientists say that Mount Chimborazo is the tallest due to its distance from the Earth's center. However, climbing Everest is no easy feat!


Which country is the biggest exporter of goods?

China is the top exporter of goods, followed by the United States and Germany. China accounts​ for about 13.8 percent of the world's exported goods.


As of 2017, what is the approximate world population?

The world population as of 2017 is over 7 billion people and counting. Births outweigh deaths by over 60 million.


Which country was originally called New Holland?

The name New Holland was originally given to Australia in the 1600s. However, another explorer in the 1800s chose the name Australia and the name stuck.


How many oceans are in the world?

There are technically 5 oceans in the world: Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, Arctic, and Southern or Antarctic. Some don't consider the last one to be an actual ocean, but most countries today do teach it as such.


Which country has more pyramids than Egypt?

Peru actually has more pyramids than Egypt and is also home to part of the Amazon rainforest and the ancient city of Machu Picchu. Its official flag contains red and white with an emblem in the center.


Which country has the most lakes?

Canada has the most lakes of any country, which might explain the country's affinity for so many lake-oriented activities. Parts of Canada even border Michigan and the Great Lakes.


Approximately how many languages are spoken in the world?

There are more than 7,000 languages spoken in the world, and they are constantly changing and adapting based on the community and surroundings. About 1/3 of these languages are on the verge of becoming extinct.


How many potentially active volcanoes are there worldwide (not including those in the ocean)?

There are about 1,500 potentially active volcanoes worldwide, with many located along the Pacific Rim near Hawaii. Approximately 500 of these volcanoes have erupted throughout history.


The world's population is growing at an annual rate of _____ per year?

On average, the world's population is growing at an annual rate of 1.2 percent, which equals about 77 million people per year. Urbanization of this population has also increased as the years have gone by.


In 1950, there was only one city with a population of over 10 million people. What was it?

In 1950, New York City was the only city to have over 10 million residents. That list has now grown to over 20 cities.


What is the largest source of fresh water in the world?

The polar ice caps are the largest source of fresh water on Earth, followed by the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes are most commonly associated with the state of Michigan in the United States in North America.


What percentage of the world's population lives in the Northern Hemisphere?

Ninety percent of the world's population lives in the Northern Hemisphere. This is most likely due to temperatures and natural resources.


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