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Can You Answer These Real Jeopardy! Questions About Geography?

Do you consider yourself a worldly whiz when it comes to geography trivia? We curated a pop quiz of an assortment of geography questions from the Jeopardy! archives to see if you are a world class geography genius. Good luck!

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geography class

Clue #1

The city of Chiang Mai in this country is home to Baan Chang Elephant Park.

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Elephant trekking through jungle in northern ThailandSomchai Siriwanarangson/Shutterstock

Answer: What is Thailand?

The Baan Chang Elephant Park is a family-run eco-park where every elephant is considered a member of the family with its own name and personality. This question aired November 22, 2013.

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high school geography

Clue #2

This Alabama city, the first Confederate capital, has a Jefferson Davis High.

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capital in montgomery alabamaSusanne Pommer/Shutterstock

Answer: What is Montgomery?

The crest of Montgomery is a six-pointed star that contains the words “Cradle of the Confederacy,” Birth Place of the Civil Rights Movement” and “City of Montgomery.” This question aired on February 5, 2013.

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colorful geography

Clue #3

Wyoming’s largest lake, it lies right in the middle of a national park.

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Scenic view at Lake Yellowstone with pine trees along the bank, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA.RaksyBH/Shutterstock

Answer: What is Yellowstone Lake?

Yellowstone Lake, the subject of this September 13, 2001 question, is the largest lake at high elevation in North America. (Lake Tahoe is larger, but at a lower elevation.)

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Clue #4

Auckland, the chief port city of this country, was once its capital.

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View from Mt Victoria, Wellington, New ZealandSam DCruz/Shutterstock

Answer: What is New Zealand?

Today, the capital of New Zealand is Wellington, which has a population of 395,600. This question aired on November 11, 1994.

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poetic geography

Clue #5

“Harlem,” sometimes called “A Dream Deferred,” is probably the most famous poem by this man.

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langston hughesUncredited/AP/Shutterstock

Answer: Who is Langston Hughes

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Clue #6

Number of states that touch the Pacific Ocean.

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Hawaii map part of a world globemariakraynova/Shutterstock

Answer: What is five?

The states are Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington. This question aired back on December 28, 1984.

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european geography

Clue #7

This capital that shares its name with its country lies about 19 kilometres inland from Italy’s Adriatic coast.

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san marinoMikeNG/Shutterstock

Answer: What is San Marino?

San Marino, the answer to this July 24, 2017 question, is one of the world’s tiniest and oldest republics.

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biblical geography

Clue #8

The King James Bible refers to it as the Salt Sea.

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dead seairisphoto1/Shutterstock

Answer: What is the Dead Sea?

The Dead Sea is the lowest point on Earth at 1,412 feet below sea level as the contestants on January 26, 2012, may have known. Extra credit: Israel is its neighbour to the East and Jordan to the West.

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college football geography

Clue #9

In 2006-07, the only undefeated team in Division 1-A was from this capital city, the “Crossroads of the Oregon Trail.”

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Downtown Boise Idaho skyline from the streetCharles Knowles/Shutterstock

Answer: What is Boise?

Don’t feel bad if you got this answer to the question that aired on May 13, 2008 incorrect. Football is one of the Jeopardy! categories that stump the most contestants.

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mexican geography

Clue #10

Not far from the resort of Cancun, the islands of Cozumel & Mujeres lie off the northeast tip of this peninsula.

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Ruins of Tulum, Mexico overlooking the Caribbean Sea in the Riviera MayaJess Kraft/Shutterstock

Answer: What is the Yucatán?

North America’s largest indigenous population, the Mayans, call the Yucatán Peninsula home. This question aired on June 13, 2019.

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geography in rhyme

Clue #11

Come visit Mongo / Not far from the Congo / Tibesti mountains are not that bad / Yes, we’re talking, talking ’bout…

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Panoramic view to Teli lake group of Ounianga Serir lakes , Ennedi, ChadHomo Cosmicos/Shutterstock

Answer: What is Chad?

Chad, the answer to this June 1, 2016 question, is a land-locked country in North Central Africa. It is the fifth-largest country on the continent.

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geography class

Clue #12

The smallest and shallowest of the world’s five oceans is this one.

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Arctic Icebergs on Arctic Ocean in GreenlandMrPhotoMania/Shutterstock

Answer: What is the Arctic?

The five oceans of the world are the Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, the Southern Ocean, and the Arctic Ocean, the answer to this November 22, 2013 question.

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the lake show

Clue #13

Every little breeze seems to whisper this Alberta lake, so named to honour the daughter of Queen Victoria.

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Morning view of Morraine lake, Lake Louise, CanadaMartin Capek/Shutterstock

Answer: What is (Lake) Louise?

This question aired on March 12, 2018.

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tv geography

Clue #14

The green spaces of Parks and Recreation can be found in fictional Pawnee in this real Midwestern state.

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indianaAction Sports Photography/Shutterstock

Answer: What is Indiana?

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european geography

Clue #15

Corsica and this Italian island are packed so close together they’re only about 11 kilometres apart.

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Aerial view of a boat in front of the Mortorio island in Sardinia. Amazing beach with a turquoise and transparent sea. Emerald Coast, Sardinia, Italy. Zangrilli Andrea/Shutterstock

Answer: What is Sardinia?

Much of Sardinia’s tillable land is devoted to growing fruit and cultivating cereal. This question aired on March 12, 2004.

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tough geography

Clue #16

This Argentine region’s name is Spanish for “big feet,” perhaps because Spaniards saw Indians who wore large boots.

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Fitz Roy MountainPatagoniaSophie Dover/Shutterstock

Answer: What is Patagonia?

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shakespearean history

Clue #17

Hamlet’s father, the king of Denmark, killed Fortinbras’ father, king of this nearby country.

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Big reindeer with antlers in the foreground of a scenic mountain view in the Norwegian highlandsinvisiblepower/Shutterstock

Answer: What is Norway?

This question aired on October 21, 1999.

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movie geography

Clue #18

Ronald Reagan played George Armstrong Custer in the film named for this New Mexico Trail.

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the santa fe trailWarner Bros/Kobal/Shutterstock

Answer: What is the Santa Fe Trail?

Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland and Raymond Massey also starred in the film. This question aired on February 26, 1998.

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world geography

Clue #19

Less than 12,000 square kilometres in area, the Gambia is the smallest independent mainland country on this continent.

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Africa old map. Created by Frederick Herman Moll, published in London, 1710Marzolino/Shutterstock

Answer: What is Africa?

This question aired on May 29, 1997.

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world geography

Clue #20

The name of this smallest South American country can be spelled with or without an e.

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The synagogue Neve Shalom and the Mosque 'Keizerstraat' in Paramaribo, Suriname, South-AmericaR.A.R. de Bruijn Holding BV/Shutterstock

Answer: What is Suriname?

Suriname, which gained its independence on November 25, 1975, was formerly known as Dutch Guiana. It was the subject of this question on March 26, 1996.

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