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The 2004 MNRPCV Geography Quiz is now online!
2004 Edition
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People - 40 points

1. Population of US major metropolitan areas. (20 points)
Name the U.S. metropolitan statistical areas (MSA?s) with the greatest population, in order, according to the 2000 census. Some of these MSA?s contain more than one big city?you need name only one city to get credit. The time zone for each is given as a hint.
Scoring: 2 pts. for each MSA listed in the correct position, 1 pt. if listing an MSA that is in the top 10, but in a position different from where you listed it.

MSA Time zone Population
1. _____________________________ EST 21.2 million
2. _____________________________ PST 16.4 million
3. _____________________________ CST 9.2 million
4. _____________________________ EST 7.6 million
5. _____________________________ PST 7.0 million
6. _____________________________ EST 6.2 million
7. _____________________________ EST 5.8 million
8. _____________________________ EST 5.5 million
9. _____________________________ CST 5.2 million
10. ____________________________ CST 4.7 million

2. Ethnic minorities in foreign countries. (20 points)
Below is a list of ten countries and their largest ethnic group. For each country, give the second largest ethnic group (2 pts each).

Afghanistan (Pushtun) __________________
Fiji (Fijian) __________________
Finland (Finn) __________________
Georgia (Georgian) __________________
Iraq (Arab) __________________
Iran (Persian) __________________
Slovakia (Slovak) __________________
Sri Lanka (Sinhalese) __________________
Suriname (Creole) __________________
Tajikistan (Tajik) __________________

Languages ? 10 points

3. Countries with multiple official languages

There are many countries with more than one official language, but far fewer with more than two. Name five countries that have 3 or more official languages (2 pts each)

Country           _______________
Country           _______________
Country           _______________
Country           _______________
Country           _______________

Water ? 30 points

4. International lakes. (15 pts)

As in the previous question, there are many lakes that border more than one country, but far fewer that border more than two. Name three lakes (2 pts each) that each border more than two countries and, for each lake, up to 3 countries that it borders (1 pt for each country)

Lake__________ Countries: _____________ _____________ ______________
Lake__________ Countries: _____________ _____________ ______________
Lake__________ Countries: _____________ _____________ ______________

5. Why do people live here? (10 pts)
Many major cities throughout the world are situated on rivers or large lakes, which are used for transportation of people and goods. However, some entire countries don?t enjoy such aquatic luxuries. Name five of the ten largest countries (by area) in the world which contain no inland navigable rivers or lakes, not including ocean waters (2 pts each) .

1. ___________
2. ___________
3. ___________
4. ___________
5. ___________

6. Superlatives: (5 pts)

Name the world?s largest lake that lies completely within the borders of one country (2 pts)
Lake ______________

Name the world?s longest river that lies completely within the borders of one country (2 pts)
River ______________

Name the country that has five of the world?s ten highest waterfalls (1 pt)
Country ______________

Borders ? 10 points

7. National borders (10 pts)
Below is a list of five countries that each share borders with exactly two other countries. For each country, name the two countries that it borders (1 pt for each country named)

___________
Bhutan Countries ___________ ____________
Moldova Countries ___________ ____________
Swaziland Countries ___________ ____________
Tunisia Countries ___________ ____________
Uruguay Countries ____________ ____________

Borders and economies ? 10 points

8. Rich vs poor (10 pts)
Based on strict difference of per capita Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the US and Mexico have the largest discrepancy of any bordering nations: US per capita GDP ($37,800) ? Mexico per capita GDP ($9,000) = $28,800 is greater than for any other pair of bordering nations. However, if taken as a ratio: ($37,800) / ($9000) = 4.2 the result is not even among the top ten.

Name five of the ten pairs of bordering nations with the highest ratios of GDP
(2 pts for each pair of countries, 0 pts if only one country is correct)

Countries _____________ ___________
Countries ___________ _____________
Countries ___________ _____________
Countries ___________ _____________
Countries ___________ _____________

Economies ? 25 points

9. Military (10 pts)

As a total dollar amount, the US has the highest military expenditures by far. However, this is not true if expressed as a percent of GDP. Name five of the top ten countries in military expenditures as expressed as a percent of GDP (2 pts each)

Country __________
Country __________
Country __________
Country __________
Country __________

10.       Agriculture (13 pts)

Below is a list of 13 agricultural products and 13 countries, listed alphabetically.  Match the world’s largest producer to the product (1 pt each).

Avocados Bolivia
Bananas Brazil
Brazil nuts China
Camel milk Cote D?Ivoire
Cocoa beans India
Coconuts Iran
Grapefruit and pomelos Mexico
Indigenous rodents Philippines
Olives Peru
Pistachios Somalia
Potatoes Spain
Rubber Thailand
Sugar cane USA

11. Trivia (2 pts)

Which country is the world?s largest producer of baseballs(2 pts)??

Volcanoes ? 16 points

12. Active volcanoes (16 pts)

All of the following volcanoes were active in 2003. Name the country each in which each is located (2 pts. each).

Ol Doinyo Lengai Country ___________
Popopcatepetl Country ___________
Stromboli Country ___________
Kilauea Country ___________
Santa Maria Country ___________
Semeru Country ___________
Kliuchevskoi Country ___________
Sangay Country ___________
Oddities ? 15 points

Which country is the most populous in the world that did NOT have a McDonald?s as of 2003 (2 pts)?

The official language of this country is a palindrome. Name the country (2 pts).

Which country, other than North Korea, has the greatest number of North Koreans living there (2 pts)?

What is the largest peninsula in the US (2 pts)?

Name the country that saw the highest average annual increase in real GDP from 1990 to 1999 (2 pts).

According to the 2003 CIA World factbook, how many countries have a lower infant mortality rate than the US (2 pts if within 5, 5 pts if exactly correct)?

 

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2004 MNRPCV Geography Quiz – Answers
Total points possible = 156

People - 40 points

1. Population of US major metropolitan areas. (20 points)
Scoring: 2 pts. for each MSA listed in the correct position, 1 pt. if listing an MSA that is in the top 10, but in a position different from where you listed it.

MSA Time zone Population
1. New York EST 21.2 million
2. Los Angeles PST 16.4 million
3. Chicago CST 9.2 million
4. Washington-Baltimore EST 7.6 million
5. San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose PST 7.0 million
6. Philadelphia EST 6.2 million
7. Boston EST 5.8 million
8. Detroit EST 5.5 million
9. Dallas-Fort Worth CST 5.2 million
10. Houston CST 4.7 million

2. Ethnic minorities in foreign countries. (20 points)
Below is a list of ten countries and their largest ethnic group. For each country, give the second largest ethnic group (2 pts each).

Afghanistan (Pushtun) Tajik
Fiji (Fijian) Indian
Finland (Finn) Swedish
Georgia (Georgian) Armenian
Iraq (Arab) Kurdish
Iran (Persian) Azeri or Turkic
Slovakia (Slovak) Hungarian
Sri Lanka (Sinhalese) Tamil
Suriname (Creole) Indian
Tajikistan (Tajik) Uzbek

Languages - 10 points

3. Countries with multiple official languages
Name five countries that have 3 ormore official languages (2 pts each)
India (16)
South Africa (11)
Palau (6)
Singapore (4)
Bolivia (3)
Rwanda (3)
Switzerland (3)

Water - 30 points

4. International lakes (15 pts)

Name three lakes (2 pts each) that each border more than two countries and, for each lake, up to 3 countries that it borders (1 pt for each country)

Lake: Caspian Sea Countries: Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkmenistan
Lake: Lake Chad  Countries:  Cameroon, Chad, Niger, Nigeria
Lake: Lake Tanganyika Countries:  Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Zambia
Lake: Lake Malawi Countries:  Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania
Lake: Lake Victoria Countries:  Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda

5. Name five of the ten largest countries (by area) in the world which contain no inland navigable rivers or lakes, not including ocean waters (2 pts each).

Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Ethiopia, Namibia, Pakistan, Somalia, Botswana, Yemen, Morocco

6. Superlatives (5 pts)

Name the world's largest lake that lies completely within the borders of one country (2 pts)      
Lake: Michigan                        

Name the world's longest river that lies completely within the borders of one country (2 pts)   
River: Yangtze                        

Name the country that has five of the world's ten highest waterfalls  (1 pt)
Country: Norway

Borders - 10 points

7. National Borders (10 pts)

Below is a list of five countries that each share borders with exactly two other countries.  For each country, name the two countries that it borders (1 pt for each country named)                        

Bhutan Countries India, China
Moldova Countries Romaina, Ukraine
Swaziland Countries Mozambique, South Afirca
Tunisia Countries Algeria, Libya
Uruguay Countries Argentina, Brazil

Borders and economies - 10 points

8. Name five of the ten pairs of bordering nations with the highest ratios of GDP
(2 pts for each pair up to five pairs)

North Korea and South Korea
Saudi Arabia and Yemen
South Africa and Mozambique
Oman and Yemen
Libya and Niger
Iran and Afghanistan
Libya and Chad
Gabon and Congo
Indonesia and East Timor
Kuwait and Iraq

Economies - 25 points

9. Name five of the top ten countries in military expenditures as expressed as a percent of GDP (2 pts each)

North Korea, Mali, Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, Oman, Eritrea, Qatar, Israel, Jordan, Maldives

10. Below is a list of 13 agricultural products and the 13 countries.  Match the worldfs largest producer to the product (1 pt each)

Avocados- Mexico
Bananas- India
Brazil nuts- Bolivia
Camel milk- Somalia
Cocoa beans- Cote Dfivoire
Coconuts- Philippines
Grapefruit and pomelos- USA
Indigenous rodents- Peru
Olives- Spain
Pistachios- Iran
Potatoes- China
Rubber- Thailand
Sugar cane- Brazil

11. Trivia (2 pts)
Which country is the world's largest producer of baseballs (2 pts)?

Haiti

Volcanoes - 16 points

12. All of the following volcanoes were active in 2003.  Name the country each in which each is located. (2 pts. each)

Ol Doinyo Lengai - Tanzania
Popopcatepeti - Mexico
Stromboli - Italy
Kilauea - U.S.
Santa Maria - Guatemala
Semeru - Indonesia
Kliuchevskoi - Russia
Sangay - Ecuador

Oddities - 15 points

Which country is the most populous in the world that did NOT have a McDonald's as of 2003 (2 pts)?
Bangladesh

The official language of this country is a palindrome.  Name the country (2 pts).
Nauru (language is Nauruan)

Which country, other than North Korea, has the greatest number of North Koreans living there (2 pts)?
Japan

What is the largest peninsula in the US (2 pts)?
Alaska

Name the country that saw the highest average annual increase in real GDP from 1990 to 1999 (2 pts).
Bosnia

How many countries have a lower infant mortality rate than the US according to the 2003 CIA World factbook (2 pts if within 5, 5 pts if exactly correct)?
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