While geography is a skill taught in every elementary and middle school, as adults many Americans fail miserably at identifying states and countries. I’m from Rhode Island and most people I tell that too, think it is part of New York. It’s not Long Island people, it’s the smallest state in the union and one of the original thirteen colonies!
Because Americans are notoriously bad at geography (we’ve got to step up our game people), Playbuzz devised a simple quiz to test people and see how they do. And according to the challenge, “if you pass this test, you are literally a geographical genius!”
Do you have what it takes to be better at geography than 99 percent of Americans? Scroll down and challenge yourself and your friends today! And don’t forget to share your results in the comments.
For those that get all 13 questions right, you’ll get a message that reads: “You’re so smart, you’re smarter than a geography teacher!”
But if you’re not so hot with geography and get all your answers wrong, you’ll be told that “You totally flunked it!!”
How bad are Americans at geography? According to a 2006 National Geographic poll that surveyed 500 young Americans between 18 and 24, 6 percent failed to point out the United States on the world map!
Although the Middle East is constantly in the news, young Americans in the same demographic from the same poll failed over and over again to identify major countries in the region.
63 percent could not find Iraq or Saudi Arabia on a map of the Middle East. And a staggering 75 percent of these young Americans could not find Israel or Iran. And 44 percent could not identify even one of these four countries.
Although Americans service men and women have been fighting in Afghanistan for more than a decade, 88 percent of these surveyed young people had no clue where it was on the map. Do you?
A staggering 70 percent of these young people could not find North Korea on a map and had no idea that that country’s border with South Korea is the most fortified and walled up one in the world.
Other results from the survey found that 21 percent of young Americans think that knowing where countries mentioned in the news is “not too important.” And 38 percent consider speaking a foreign language to be “not too important.” How is America supposed to get ahead when the upcoming generation is apathetic and ignorant?
Do you have a satisfactory understanding of geography? Or do you think you need to touch up on your skills?
If you’re not a fan of maps but still want to improve your knowledge of geography, there are plenty of free internet tools out there to help you. For example, Traveler IQ Challenge lists landmarks and specific cities to help you get to know the world better. The more you know, the more you can do.
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