Can You Get More Than 11 Right on This Difficult North American Geography Challenge?


By: Heather Cahill

6 Min Quiz

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North America is filled with beautiful scenery, incredible cities and a large amount of land. Not only is it filled with some of the most memorable places on Earth, but it also holds some amazing records. It has some of the highest points, most lakes and longest rivers in the world, just to name a few. So, what do you know about North American geography?

Can you name the state that is situated farthest to the north? Do you know how many countries are included in North America? OK, so you know the number, but can you name them all? It may be harder than you think!You'll really have to put yourself to the test on this quiz.

Do you know where to find some of the capital cities on the continent? What about where some of the most famous landmarks in the world stand? Do you know the largest and smallest cities and states throughout? If you said yes to any of these questions, then we think you're ready to jump in and ace this quiz!

So, if you think you're a geography expert, then what are you waiting for? Put your knowledge to the test and prove just how much you know about North America!

Which landmark is found along the Mexico-United States border?

The Rio Grande runs along the border in one area, but starts up in Colorado. It empties into the Gulf of Mexico and also touches New Mexico and Texas along the way. It's also one of the longest rivers in the country.


Which North American country is home to the most lakes?

Canada has over 2 million lakes in the country. The lakes make up a great deal of the country and put the country at number one, not only in North America but in the world, with the most lakes.


What is unique about Mount Rushmore?

Mount Rushmore has the faces of four former presidents carved into the side of it. It's found in South Dakota and used as a memorial for the presidents who are depicted. Can you name all of the presidents shown in the mountain?


What is Mount MacKenzie?

Mount MacKenzie is a volcano in British Columbia. Although it's a volcano, that doesn't stop people from visiting the resorts and partaking in activities on it!


Is it true or false that Great Salt Lake is in Canada?

This is false. Great Salt Lake is in Utah in the United States. What is unique about this lake is that it is one of the largest lakes in the world, and one of the largest saltwater lakes as well. It holds many titles!


What is the capital city of the United States?

Washington, D.C. has been the capital of the country for quite a long time. Since 1790 to be exact! One of its most notable landmarks is, of course, the White House.


Which North American country are the Rocky Mountains part of?

The Rocky Mountains run through a few different states such as Colorado and Wyoming in the United States. They also run through Canada as well, specifically in British Columbia. The mountains are home to a vast amount of different wild life.


Is it true or false that North America is the largest continent in the world?

This is false. It actually comes third to Asia and Africa which are the larger of the three. North America is only 9 million square miles compared to Asia's 17 million square miles.


Where is Death Valley?

Death Valley is in California and gets its name from a group of pioneers who died in the valley. Did you know that it gets deathly hot in the valley? Sometimes the temperature can go as high as 134 degrees Farenheit.


Which ocean is on the north side of North America?

The Arctic Ocean borders the north side of North America. The Arctic Ocean is home to animals such as polar bears that thrive on the ice that exists there.


What state is the farthest north?

Alaska is the most northern state in the United States. It borders Canada to the north and it is known to have an abundance of gold. Remember the gold rush that took place there?


Where is the historic Temple of Kukulcan located?

Mexico is home to the Temple of Kukulcan. The temple dates back to the ancient Mayans, who built it for their god of the same name. You can still visit the historic temple today.


What is the highest point in North America?

Mount McKinley is over 20,000 feet high and it is located in Alaska. Did you know that the mountain got its original name from President McKinley? It now goes by the name "Denali".


What is the capital of Virginia?

Richmond is the capital city of the state of Virginia. It's a historic city that was founded in the early 1700s before the United States had become an official country.


Is it true or false that the Ozark Mountains are partly in Arkansas?

This is true. The Ozark Mountains stretch through a few states, but they are mostly in Missouri. The mountains are quite old, with many of the rocks dating back to hundreds of millions of years ago.


Which of the following countries are not part of North America?

Poland is not part of North America, but instead, Europe. North America is made up of only 23 countries which include the biggest, Canada, United States and Mexico.


Where would you find the Hoover Dam?

Arizona is home to the Hoover Dam, but so is Nevada! The dam is along the border of both states and it was built to control the flow of the Colorado River. It was built back in 1935, getting its name from the president, Hebert Hoover.


What state is the Grand Canyon located in?

The Grand Canyon is located in Arizona and it is a national park. Did you know that some of the rocks in the canyon are hundreds of millions of years old? That's even older than the dinosaurs that once roamed the Earth!


Which of the Great Lakes is the largest?

Lake Superior is the largest of the Great Lakes themselves, but it is also the largest freshwater lake in the world. Its name suits it, as it definitely is "Superior" to the other lakes!


What is the smallest state?

The smallest state is Rhode Island, which is only 1,000 square miles. It's not far off from Delaware, which is almost 2,000 square miles. Both states would be able to fit in most of the others in the United States as well!


Where would you find the CN Tower?

Toronto is home to the iconic CN Tower. Did you know that when you go up to the top of the CN Tower, there is a glass floor? Don't look down ... unless you're brave enough!


Is it true or false that the Isthmus of Panama connects North America and South America?

This is true. The Isthmus of Panama is very important to the Earth. It not only allows us to get to North and South America by land, but it has also affected our climate. Before its formation, it was covered by the ocean!


The largest island in the world is part of North America. What is it?

While it may not be the largest country, it is the largest island in not only North America, but also in the world. Don't get it confused with Iceland, though! Greenland has ice while Iceland is pretty green.


What is the largest state?

Alaska makes Texas look tiny! It's over 300,000 square miles larger than Texas at 663,000 square miles in total. Despite its large area, not many people live in the state. It only has a population of 700,000 people.


Is it true or false that the Appalachian Mountains are partly in Maryland?

This is true. The Appalachian Mountains run through many states and provinces in the United States and Canada. Did you know that this mountain range is one of the oldest in North America?


Which country is the largest in North America?

Canada is the largest country in North America, but the United States isn't very far behind it. The two countries are within 100,000 square kilometers of each other.


What mountain range has been home to eruptions in the United States in recent years?

The volcanoes of the Cascade Range have been the ones that have most recently erupted. You might remember the famous Mount St. Helen's which is part of this vast range of mountains.


Where is the government of Canada located?

Parliament Hill is located in Ottawa, Ontario and it is where the Prime Minister of Canada works. The Hill is also home to the Centennial Flame that burns in front of the historic building.


Which country has the longest coastline in North America?

Canada's coastline is over 200,000 kilometers long. Not only is it the largest in North America, but also the longest in the world.


What famous mountain is located on Baffin Island?

Mount Thor is famous for having the largest vertical drop of any mountain in the world. It's a drop of over 4,000 feet. Baffin Island is part of Nunavut in Canada and it is known to be one of the largest islands in the world. Canada does it big!


What is the smallest country in North America?

Saint Kitts and Nevis is extremely small at only 261 square kilometers. The country is known for being made up of a series of volcanoes which are currently in a dormant state. The country is also the perfect vacation spot.


What is the largest city in North America by population?

The largest city in North America is Mexico City with a population of over 8.8 million people. That's only a little larger than the population of New York City! Did you know that the city is slowly sinking?


Is it true or false that the Great Plains are partly in New Mexico?

This is true. The Great Plains stretch throughout the United States and include states such as Montana and Oklahoma. The area technically stretches right down the middle of the country.


Is it true or false that the San Joaquin River is located in Texas?

This is false. The river is actually in California. It's well-known for its strong current and for being one of the longest rivers in the state. Did you know that its name comes from the Saint, Saint Joachim?


What is the longest river in North America?

The Missouri River is even longer than the famous Mississippi River at over 3,700 kilometers. The two rivers connect to each other, ultimately flowing out to the Gulf of Mexico.


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