Enjoy a quiz? To mark Earth Day (22 April), here are 20 trivia questions on geography, the environment and our amazing planet! (And a factoid to get us started: Earth Day was held for the first time in 1970.)
Trivia questions on geography
#1 Mount Vesuvius overlooks which city?
#2 In which country can you find a geographical feature named Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu?
#3 Busan is the second biggest city in which country?
#4 Which is the only continent that straddles all four of the world’s hemispheres (Northern, Southern, Eastern, Western)?
#5 Anagrams, Part 1: rearrange the letters of the following words to make the names of four countries – rain, chain, plane, moan
#6 Which dog breed starting with the letter C is named after a state of Mexico?
#7 What is the largest body of water, by volume, in the United Kingdom?
#8 If you’re standing at the summit of Mount Kinabalu, what island are you on?
#9 In geographical terms (rather than Johnny Cash terms), what is the Ring of Fire?
#10 Which is the only American state with one syllable in its name?
#11 What are the modern names of these former Asian countries: Siam, Ceylon, Kampuchea?
#12 What is the second highest mountain in the world?
#13 Australia is wider than the moon: true or false?
#14 What is known as “The Eternal City”?
#15 Which country spans the most time zones?
#16 What’s the official language of Brazil?
#17 Which African country has the largest population, Nigeria, Egypt or Ethiopia?
#18 What is the largest island in the Caribbean Sea?
#19 Anagrams, Part 2: rearrange the letters of the following words to make the names of four countries – moon race, lizard newts, a comedian, rent again
#20 What’s the capital city of Canada?
(If you can answer correctly on the first clue, you get 10 points, but you lose a point for each additional clue you require after that.)
What am I?
I’m a country in Asia, roughly the same size as Taiwan. (10)
I am a constitutional monarchy, with a king as my head of state. (9)
I share borders with the two most populous countries in the world, China and India. (8)
My own population is relatively small – over 160 countries have more people. (7)
I have a dragon on my flag. (6)
My national dish is a combination of chilli peppers and cheese. (5)
My capital city is Thimphu. (4)
My most famous tourist attraction is a cliffside monastery known as “Tiger’s Nest”. (3)
I start with the letter B. (2)
I am _____. (1)
All the answers (no cheating!)
#1 Naples, Italy
#2 New Zealand (it’s the name of a small hill in the Hawke’s Bay region)
#3 South Korea
#5 Iran, China, Nepal, Oman
#7 Loch Ness
#9 The zone around the edge of the Pacific Ocean (or the Pacific Rim) that is particularly prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions
#11 Thailand, Sri Lanka, Cambodia
#13 True (Australia is approximately 4,000km from east to west; the diameter of the moon is closer to 3,500km)
#15 Russia (11 time zones; when it’s 8pm in Kaliningrad in the west, it’s already 6am the next day in Provideniya in the east)
#17 Nigeria (around 200 million, which is 90 million more than the second largest, Ethiopia)
#19 Cameroon, Switzerland, Macedonia, Argentina