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Cultural Literacy Test - Geography I

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1. The Louisiana Purchase is the section of the map labeled
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II
III
IV
2. The original thirteen colonies are the section of the map labeled
I
II
III
IV
3. The forty-ninth state is in the section of the map labeled
I
II
III
IV
4. What is the capital of New York State?
New York City
Buffalo
Albany
none of the above
5. In which city is the Kremlin located?
Leningrad
Moscow
Warsaw
Berlin
6. How many states does the United States consists of
48
49
50
51
7. The equator is to latitude as which of the following is to longitude?
Tropic of Cancer
Tropic of Capricorn
international date line
prime meridian
8. Which of the following is not true of the Nile River?
It is the longest river in the world.
It empties into the Mediterranean Sea.
It is the main source of water for Senegal.
The Aswan Dam is built across it.
9. The Pacific Northwest is made up of which states?
Washington, Oregon, and part of Idaho
Oregon and California
Idaho, Montana, and part of Washington
California and Arizona
10. Where is Libya?
in the Middle East, bordering Syria and Lebanon
in the Middle East, bordering Saudi Arabia
in northern Africa, bordering Egypt
in Asia, bordering Brunei
11. What is the capital of Germany?
Bonn
Berlin
Munich
Vienna
12. What do Guam and Puerto Rico have in common?
They are both islands in the Caribbean.
Their residents are U.S. citizens.
They are both constitutional monarchies.
They are both south of the equator.
13. The Thirty-eighth Parallel is the line of latitude that marks
the northern tip of the Oregon Territory
the division of Korea after World War II
the location of the Panama Canal
the line of German defenses in World War I
14. Which of the following is not true of the Mississippi River?
It divides Kansas from Oklahoma.
It flows from north to south.
It ends in Louisiana at the Gulf of Mexico.
It forms the western border of Illinois.
15. The line running from north to south represents
the Great Divide
the Mason-Dixon line
the San Andreas fault
the Oregon Trail
16. The capital of this state is
Sacramento
Los Angeles
San Francisco
San Diego
17. The southernmost city on this map is
Sacramento
Los Angeles
San Francisco
San Diego
18. Which country is not an island chain?
Fiji
Philippines
Indonesia
Burma
19. Which of the following countries does not border Israel?
Iran
Lebanon
Jordan
Egypt
20. What are the Himalayas?
the mountains that link western and eastern Europe
a mountain range in Tanzania containing Mount Kilimanjaro
the highest mountains in the world, located in Asia
the often impassable mountains of Afghanistan
21. Spanish is the primary language of all of these countries except
Cuba and the Dominican Republic
Venezuela and Guatemala
Colombia and Argentina
Haiti and Brazil
22. Which of the following states does not border Iowa?
Nebraska
North Dakota
Wisconsin
Missouri
23. Mexico is the section of the map labeled
I
II
III
IV
24. Venezuela is the section of the map labeled
I
II
III
IV
25. Panama is the section of the map labeled
I
II
III
IV
SCORING KEY
90-100%
Excellent. You are on your way to true cultural literacy.
80-89%
Good. You have more than a passing knowledge of this subject.
70-79%
Fair. You have a competent grasp of many aspects of this subject.
60-69%
Poor. You could use some improvement in this area.
Below 60%
Time for literacy training.
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