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Cultural Literacy Test - Geography II

Take your time with the following cultural literacy test. If you select the correct answer it will be highlighted in green and the related information will be shown. If the first answer selected is incorrect, it will be highlighted in yellow, indicating try again. If the second answer selected is incorrect, the correct answer will be displayed. See the Bibliography to learn more about this test.

Wrong Answer Try Again Correct
1. Scandinavia is the section of the map labeled
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IV
2. Great Britain is the section of the map labeled
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IV
3. Iberia is the section of the map labeled
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IV
4. The country once known as ancient Mesopotamia is now
India and Pakistan
Egypt and parts of Sudan and Ethiopia
Iraq and parts of Iran, Syria, and Turkey
Israel
5. Suez, Erie, and Panama are names of
socialist republics
rivers
mountain ranges
canals
6. The Alps run through the countries of
France, Austria, Switzerland, and Yugoslavia
Spain, France, Belgium, and Switzerland
Germany, Austria, Holland, and Denmark
Switzerland, Italy, Hungary, and Poland
7. Which countries do not border the Soviet Union?
Czechoslovakia and Poland
East Germany and Austria
Hungary and Romania
Iran and Afghanistan
8. What country was once known as Persia?
Syria
Egypt
Afghanistan
Iran
9. What is the capital of Ethiopia?
Addis Ababa
Harar
Nairobi
Pretoria
10. Where is the headquarters of the United Nations?
Washington, D.C.
Paris, France
New York, N.Y.
Brussels, Belgium
11. Japan is the section of the map labeled
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IV
12. China is the section of the map labeled
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IV
13. Vietnam is the section of the map labeled
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IV
14. What is the capital of Texas?
Houston
Austin
Dallas
Texas City
15. What is Vatican City?
a free state within Rome where the pope lives
the capital of Italy
a city now known as Istanbul, where the Eastern patriarch lives
the capital of the Netherlands
16. What is the capital of Canada?
Toronto
Ontario
Ottawa
Quebec
17. Erie, Superior, Huron, Michigan, and Ontario are names of
the Finger Lakes
the Great Lakes
the bodies of water in the British Lake District
the lakes of the Ozarks
18. Which countries belong to the British Commonwealth of Nations?
Greenland, Singapore, India, and Taiwan
Trinidad and Tobago, Tonga, Canada, and New Zealand
Jamaica, Ireland, Zaire, and Rumania
Australia, Iceland, Barbados, and Terra del Fuego
19. What is the largest state in the United States?
Hawaii
Texas
Alaska
California
20. Which city is not in the Northern Hemisphere?
Mexico City
New York City
Calcutta, India
Sydney, Australia
21. The Mediterranean Sea is the section of the map labeled
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IV
22. The Persian Gulf is the section of the map labeled
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IV
23. The Red Sea is the section of the map labeled
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IV
24. What is the capital of Brazil?
Rio de Janeiro
Brasilia
Sao Paulo
Caracas
25. Which of the following is not true of the Amazon River?
It was named for a tribe of warrior women.
It runs through Peru and Brazil.
It is the longest river in the world.
It carries more water than any other river.
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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