Help your students understand that geography is more than knowing places on map-it helps them discover and explore the world. The National Geographic Society is providing 25 questions that you can quiz you class with-five for each weekday of Geography Awareness Week, November 14-20, 1999. The questions are drawn from the 1999 National Geographic Bee, which has already taken place. If you use these questions, please credit "The National Geographic Bee, a program of the National Geographic Society.



  1. To visit the gold-domed capitol in Caracas and see the Orinoco River, you would travel to what country? Venezuela
  2. The Danube River flows for about 1,800 miles before emptying into what sea? Black Sea
  3. Many Native Americans live on land set aside for them by the U.S. government. What is the term for this land? reservation
  4. Chinese are the largest ethnic group in a small island country at the tip of the Malay peninsula. Name this country. Singapore
  5. What is the term for a stream that flows into a larger river? tributary


  1. To see the Parthenon, on the Acropolis, and other ancient ruins, you would travel to what country? Greece
  2. Which continent in the Western Hemisphere produces and uses the most paper products? North America
  3. Slovakia and which other present-day central European country became independent in 1993? Czech Republic
  4. The Parana` River forms part of the boundary between Argentina and what other country? Paraguay
  5. What Norwegian word is used for a narrow, steep-sided inlet of the sea that was carved by a glacier? fjord



  1. To see lions, gazelles, and zebras in Nairobi National Park, you would travel to what country? Kenya
  2. Romance languages developed from Latin on which continent? Europe
  3. Many people practice voodo in which country on the island of Hispaniola? Haiti
  4. In July 1998 a tsunami killed about 2,000 on an island that lies across the Torres Strait from Australia. Name this island. New Guinea
  5. What is the term for the regular rise and fall of the water level in the ocean caused by the gravitational attraction of the sun and moon? tide



  1. To see pagoda-shaped temples in Kathmandu and climb Mount Everest, you would travel to what country? Nepal
  2. What mountain range is just east of Seattle? Cascade Range
  3. In August 1998 terrorist bombings occurred at the U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, which is the capital of which East African country? Tanzania
  4. What South American desert is considered the driest desert on Earth? Atacama Desert
  5. What is the term for the heat energy within the Earth that can be used to generate electricity? geothermal energy



  1. To see the running of the bulls in Pamplona and visit the Prado Museum, in Madrid, you would travel to what country? Spain
  2. The St. Lawrence River flows out of the easternmost of the Great Lakes. Name this lake. Lake Ontario
  3. The Ginza is a well-known shopping and entertainment district in which Japanese city? Tokyo
  4. In May 1998 nucler tests conducted by India and by which neighboring South Asian country caused international concern? Pakistan
  5. What is the name of the winds in the tropics that blow from the east? trade winds


This is a product of the Florida Geographic Alliance and is part of the National Geographic Society's Geography Awareness Week.
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