Where In The World? Test Your Geography Smarts With This Annual Quiz

Travelers pride themselves on knowing a lot about the world.

But how do you stack up when it comes to geography? Get a sharp pencil and test yourself on a dozen questions in the third annual Detroit Free Press Travel Quiz.

For every right answer, give yourself 10 points. For every wrong answer, give yourself zero.

The scoring is the same as last year:

0-30: Um, do you actually have any idea where you are right now?

40-80: Considering that 43 percent of Americans ages 18-24 cannot locate the state of Ohio on a map, you're not doing too badly.

90-120: You rock. A-plus.


1. What are the three places that make up the points of the Bermuda Triangle?

A. Bahamas, Bermuda and Puerto Rico

B. Bermuda, Puerto Rico and Tortola

C. Miami, Bermuda and Puerto Rico

2. Recife is the popular and pretty capital of Pernambuco state in what country?

A. Italy

B. Spain

C. Brazil

3. Historic Nara, Japan, celebrates a huge anniversary in 2010. How old is the country's first capital city?

A. 570 years

B. 1,300 years

C. 4,000 years

4. The Northern Pacific Gyre lies in the Pacific Ocean between Japan and the west coast of the United States. What does it contain?

A. A huge pod of an estimated 2,000 endangered gray whales

B. A giant debris field of garbage trapped in a spinning circle

C. An underground sea mountain 7 miles tall

5. This year, a mosaic of an angel was discovered under the floor of the Hagia Sophia. Where and what is the Hagia Sophia?

A. Istanbul, Turkey. It's a museum that previously was a Byzantine Christian church and a mosque.

B. Luxembourg. It's a cathedral built to honor St. Sophia, the country's patron saint.

C. Mexico City. It's a traditional market where the image of the angel is said to have healing powers.

6. If you want to go whitewater rafting on the Kampar River, where do you have to go?

A. Wheeling, W.Va.

B. Gopeng, Malaysia

C. Johannesburg, South Africa

7. Most tourists love Devonshire cream tea — scones, clotted cream and raspberry jam with tea. But where in England is Devonshire?

A. In dairy country just east of London

B. Southwest England

C. Near the Scottish border

8. What and where are the Adirondacks?

A. The Amish region in Indiana where craftsmen make chairs

B. Mountain range in New York state

C. American Indian reservations in the Florida Everglades

9. Most people just call the region the Caribbean, but what is its formal name?

A. The West Indies

B. The East Indies

C. The South Indies

10. Almost all tourists who visit the Galapagos Islands leave for their trip from what city?

A. Quito, Ecuador

B. Santiago, Chile

C. La Paz, Bolivia

11. What was the United States' first national park?

A. Great Smoky Mountains

B. Yellowstone

C. Yosemite

12. Of Hawaii's six major islands, which is the smallest and least developed?

A. Lili'uokalani

B. Kauai

C. Lanai


1. C. Miami, Bermuda and Puerto Rico are points of the Bermuda Triangle, where many ships and planes have disappeared.

2. C. Recife, capital city of Pernambuco state, is one of the largest cities in Brazil, with more than 1.5 million people. It's gaining in popularity as a tourist destination.

3. B. Nara, near Kyoto, will mark its 1,300th anniversary in April 2010. It was Japan's capital in AD 710-784.

4. B. It sounds unbelievable, but the Northern Pacific Gyre, a system of currents, contains a debris field of mostly plastic bits and non-biodegradable human trash. Some people call the debris field — twice the size of Texas and growing — the great Pacific garbage patch.

5. A. Turkey. Hagia Sophia, built in AD 532 by Emperor Justinian, became a museum in 1935.

6. B. The Kampar River is in Gopeng, Malaysia. Malaysia is on many tourism lists as a hot destination for 2010.

7. B. Devonshire, the traditional name for the county of Devon, is next to Cornwall in southwest England. It's the biggest county in the country .

8. B. The Adirondacks is a mountain range in northern New York state.

9. A. The West Indies. That's to distinguish it from the East Indies off the coast of Africa. Also, you might hear the words "Greater Antilles" or "Lesser Antilles" used to describe the Caribbean. The Greater Antilles are the big islands like Cuba and the Dominican Republic. The Lesser Antilles are all the tiny islands that make a string southward, such as Barbados, St. Maarten and Dominica.

10. A. The Galapagos Islands are part of Ecuador, so the jumping off spot is its capital city.

11. B. If you watched Ken Burns' PBS special this fall, you'll know the answer is Yellowstone, in 1872.

12. C. Lanai is 140 square miles, has only 3,100 people and no traffic lights. Lili'uokalani, if you're wondering, was Hawaii's last queen.