Sample Questions From the First Round of the 2003 National Geographic Bee

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U.S. Cities

• Which city is located on the Cumberland River and is known for its many country music recording centers—Nashville or Little Rock?

• Which city is known for its extensive freeway system and is located in the most populous county in the United States—Dallas or Los Angeles?

• Which city was founded as a fort between Lake Erie and Lake Huron and developed into one of the country's leading manufacturing centers—Detroit or Milwaukee?

• Which city is located on a river delta—New Orleans or Austin?

• Which city was named after the founder of a famous stagecoach line that once crisscrossed the West—Fargo or Boston?

• Which city is the westernmost point on the Erie Canal—Cincinnati or Buffalo?

• Which major city is located in North Carolina and was near the site of the first important gold discovery in the United States—Columbia or Charlotte?

• The worlds largest naval base is located at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay in which city—Norfolk or Washington, D.C.?

• Which city is located on the western tip of Lake Superior and is an important port for shipping grain and iron ore—Des Moines or Duluth?

• Which city was badly damaged during an earthquake in 1964 and is now the most populous city in Alaska—Anchorage or Barrow?

Odd Item Out

• Which state is not a major producer of wheat—Connecticut, North Dakota, or Montana?

• Which of the following states is not crossed by the Colorado River—Arizona, Colorado, or New Mexico?

• Which state does not border Tennessee—North Carolina, Mississippi, or West Virginia?

• Which of the following is not a Great Plains state—Ohio, Oklahoma, or Kansas?

• Which state's capital is not named after a President of the United States—Mississippi, Nebraska, or South Dakota?

• Which state does not include part of Yellowstone National Park—Idaho, Oregon, or Wyoming?

• Which state does not have a continental climate—Iowa, Minnesota, or Mississippi?

• Which state does not border Saskatchewan—Montana, North Dakota, or Wisconsin?

• Which state is not part of New England—Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, or Connecticut?

• Which state does not have a panhandle—Colorado, Florida, or Oklahoma?

Continents

• The archipelago Islas Malvinas, also called the Falkland Islands, lies off the southeastern edge of which continent?

• Name the continent on which the Olympic Games originated.

• Amundsen, Scott, and Byrd all explored which continent?

• Brisbane and Adelaide are ports on which continent?

• Öland, Corsica, and Malta are islands that are part of which continent?

• Which continent includes the Atlas Mountains and the Kalahari Desert?

• Borneo, one of the largest islands in the world, is considered part of which continent?

• Which continent contains the largest number of landlocked countries?

• The Ural Mountains form the western boundary for which continent?

• The country with the longest coastline is located on which continent?

World Geography

• One of the world's largest potash deposits is located in Saskatchewan in which country?

• Yekaterinburg lies on the eastern side of the Ural Mountains in which country?

• The Tyrrhenian Sea separates the island of Sardinia from the mainland of which country?

• Which country located southeast of Australia is one of the world's leading producers of wool?

• Oil pipelines cross the Isthmus of Tehuantepec to the port at Salina Cruz in which country?

• The confluence of the Blue Nile and the White Nile Rivers lies near Khartoum in which African country?

• What Asian country traditionally organized its citizens into a strict caste system related to Hinduism?

• The Gobi Desert is the main physical feature in the southern half of a country known also as the homeland of Genghis Khan. Name this country.

• Since 1960, thousands of people have migrated across the Straits of Florida to the United States from which country?

• Large reserves of phosphates are found in which North African country that borders the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea?

The Geography of Culturally Important Places and Issues

• What is the primary religion of Mali, a landlocked country located in West Africa?

• The Festival of San Fermin at Pamplona is an important festival in which European country?

• Impressionist painting was developed by painters such as Monet and Renoir in which European country?

• What religion originated in India and spread across Asia via trade routes such as the Silk Road?

• What country is famous for its harmonious gardens that provide sanctuary for people living in large cities like Kyoto?

• The oracle of Zeus at Dodona is located in which European country?

• The Manchu are an ethnic group of what Asian country?

• The Temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahri is on the west bank of which African river?

• Maharashtra borders the Arabian Sea and is one of the most urbanized states of which Asian country?

• Name the politically divided island in northwestern Europe that has a Protestant majority in the north and a Catholic majority in the south.

Physical Geography

• The Great Circle, at zero degrees latitude, is known by what name?

• What is the term for the sudden vibrations caused by the movement of rock along a fault?

• Name the belt of volcanic and seismic activity that borders most of the Pacific Rim.

• What is the name of the solid fossil fuel found in sedimentary rock?

• In the Northern Hemisphere, what season begins when the noonday sun is directly overhead at the Tropic of Capricorn?

• What resource is trapped between layers of rock in an aquifer?

• Earthquakes can sometimes create unusually large waves that cause destruction when they reach land. What Japanese term is used for this kind of wave?

• In Florida and the West Indies, a small low-lying island usually made up of coral or sand is known by what term?

• What is the term for the flat area that stretches beyond the banks of a river?

• What is the term for a hot spring through which jets of heated water and steam erupt?

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