Round 1 State savvy

1. Which state borders Lake Michigan—Virginia or Illinois? Illinois
2. Which state has a longer border with Canada—North Dakota or Vermont? North Dakota
3. Which state has a smaller population—New York or Wyoming? Wyoming
4. Key West is a resort city located on an island chain that is part of which state—Rhode Island or Florida? Florida
5. The San Andreas Fault [sahn an-DRAY-us] is located in which state—California or Washington? California
6. The city of Baton Rouge [bat-un-ROOHZH] is located on the Mississippi River in which state—Ohio or Louisiana? Louisiana
7. The Aleutian [a-LOOH-shun] Islands are part of which state—Hawaii or Alaska? Alaska
8. Which state is the leading producer of oil and natural gas—Texas or Missouri? Texas
9. Lexington and Bowling Green are cities located in which state—Kentucky or Delaware? Kentucky
10. Which state is located in the Great Plains—Kansas or Oregon? Kansas
11. The Battle of Little Bighorn was fought in which present-day state—Oklahoma or Montana? Montana
12. Mobile [moh-BEEL] is the chief seaport of which state on the Gulf of Mexico— Alabama or South Carolina? Alabama
13. Mount Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Mississippi River, is located in which state—Florida or North Carolina? North Carolina
14. Which state is the leading producer of cheese—Indiana or Wisconsin? Wisconsin
15. The colonial town of Williamsburg is located in which state—Indiana or Virginia? Virginia
16. Cape Cod, known for its beautiful shoreline, is located in which state—Massachusetts or West Virginia? Massachusetts
17. The Adirondack [a-dah-RAHN-dak] Mountains are located in which state—Arkansas or New York? New York
18. The Great Basin can be found in which state—Mississippi or Nevada? Nevada
19. Which state borders Mexico—Arizona or Kansas? Arizona
20.Which state has more lakes—Minnesota or Idaho? Minnesota
21. Which state has a larger population—Georgia or Connecticut? Georgia
22. Mauna Loa [MOW-na LOH-a] is a large shield volcano located in which state— Hawaii or Colorado?Hawaii
23. A hurricane is more likely to make landfall in which state—Mississippi or Vermont? Mississippi
24. Which state is part of New England—Maryland or Rhode Island? Rhode Island
25. Which state is located east of the Rocky Mountains—Washington or Nebraska? Nebraska
26. The Appalachian Mountains pass through which state—Tennessee or Oklahoma? Tennessee
27. Which state receives more average annual rainfall—Wyoming or Oregon? Oregon
28. Which state has a coastline on the Atlantic Ocean—Kentucky or Connecticut? Connecticut
29. Toledo and Dayton are cities in which state—Ohio or Maine? Ohio
30. Which state is smaller in area—Pennsylvania or Delaware? Delaware
31. Which state is farther north—New Mexico or New Hampshire? New Hampshire
32. The Chattahoochee [chat-a-HOOH-chee] River passes through which state—New Jersey or Georgia?Georgia
33. Boise is located north of the Snake River in which state—Idaho or Colorado? Idaho
34. Which state is predominantly covered in grassland—South Dakota or Utah? South Dakota
35. Lansing and Grand Rapids are cities located in which state—California or Michigan? Michigan

Round 2: U.S. Road Trip

1. To which state would you travel to visit Gettysburg and watch the Pirates play baseball in Pittsburgh—Iowa or Pennsylvania? Pennsylvania
2. To visit a desert museum in Tucson [TOOH-sahn] or hike the red rocks of Sedona, you would travel to which state—Arizona or Utah? Arizona
3. Which state would you visit to ride the Ferris wheel on Navy Pier and see President Abraham Lincoln’s home in Springfield—Illinois or Nebraska? Illinois
4. To stroll the San Antonio River Walk or watch the Cowboys play football near Dallas, you would travel to which state—Montana or Texas? Texas
5. Which state would you visit to swim in the Lake of the Ozarks and climb the Gateway Arch in St. Louis—Oklahoma or Missouri? Missouri
6. To which state would you travel to visit historic Mount Vernon and explore caverns in the Shenandoah Valley—Rhode Island or Virginia? Virginia
7. To visit Jackson Hole and climb Devils Tower, you would travel to which state—North Dakota or Wyoming? Wyoming
8. To visit Seneca Caverns in the Allegheny Mountains and tour a restored coal mine in Beckley, you would travel to which state—West Virginia or Iowa? West Virginia
9. If you wanted to visit Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument and go sailing on Puget [PYOO-jet] Sound, you would travel to which state—Washington or
South Dakota? Washington
10. The city of Nashville, located on the Cumberland River, is home to the Grand Ole Opry in which state—Tennessee or Kentucky?Tennessee
11. To see maple sap being harvested and go skiing in the Green Mountains, you would travel to which state—Oregon or Vermont? Vermont
12. Which state would you visit to drive across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and walk on the boardwalk at Ocean City—Maryland or Georgia? Maryland
13. To see where Henry Ford built his first automobile and to vacation on the Upper Peninsula, you would travel to which state—Indiana or Michigan? Michigan
14. To which state would you travel to see the historic Battle Road between Concord and Lexington—Massachusetts or Kansas? Massachusetts
15. If you wanted to see the hot-air balloon festival in Albuquerque [AL-ba-kuhr-kee] and visit the Acoma [a-KOH-ma] Pueblo, you would travel to which state—California or
New Mexico?New Mexico
16. To visit Mammoth Cave and watch a horse race at Churchill Downs, you would travel to which state—Kentucky or West Virginia? Kentucky
17. To see caribou, humpback whales, and brown bears, you would travel to which state that borders the Bering Sea—Oregon or Alaska? Alaska
18. To play golf on Hilton Head Island and canoe the Savannah River, you would travel to which state—Arkansas or South Carolina? South Carolina
19. To fish in Lake Winnipesaukee [wi-neh-peh-SAW-kee] and ski near Franconia Notch,you would travel to which state—New Hampshire or South Dakota? New Hampshire
20. To which state would you travel to visit the Jean Laffite [zhahn lah-FEET] National Historic Park and Acadia Parish—Ohio or Louisiana?Louisiana
21. To sail off Madeline [MAD-el-en] Island in Lake Superior and Chambers Island in Green Bay, you would visit which state—Ohio or Wisconsin? Wisconsin
22. To see Mount Hood and visit Lewis and Clark College, you would travel to which state—Maryland or Oregon? Oregon
23. To see giant sequoia trees and the Channel Islands, you would travel to which state—California or New Jersey? California
24. To view colorful rock formations in Canyonlands National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park, you would travel to which state—Hawaii or Utah? Utah
25. To tour the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Finger Lakes, you would travel to which state—Michigan or New York? New York
26. To visit Carson Sink and Lake Tahoe, you would travel to which state—Nevada or North Carolina? Nevada
27. To visit the homes of writers Harriet Beecher Stowe and Mark Twain, you would travel to Hartford in which state—Connecticut or Wyoming? Connecticut
28. To visit Hot Springs National Park and the Buffalo National River, you would travel to which state—Arkansas or Rhode Island? Arkansas
29. Which mid-Atlantic state would you visit to see the Old State House in Dover— South Carolina or Delaware? Delaware
30. To swim at Pensacola Beach and watch the Buccaneers play football in Tampa, you would travel to which state—Minnesota or Florida? Florida
31. Badlands National Park is located east of the Black Hills in which state—South Dakota or Mississippi? South Dakota
32. If you visited the Salmon River Mountains in the counties of Valley, Custer, and Lemhi [LEM-hi], you would be in which state—Arizona or Idaho? Idaho
33. If you climbed Mount Elbert and Mount Massive [MASS-iv], both more than 14,000 feet tall, you would be in which state—Colorado or Massachusetts? Colorado
34. If you visited the Civil Rights Memorial Center in Montgomery and Tuskegee [tuhSKEE-gee] University, you would be in which state—Alabama or Maryland? Alabama
35. If you hiked to Springer Mountain, the southern end of the Appalachian Trail, you would be in which state—Arkansas or Georgia? Georgia

 

Round 3: Discover National Parks

1. Visitors to Channel Islands National Park in California can take a boat tour to see which animal—penguin or gray whale? gray whale
2. Visitors to Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota can hike through what kind of vegetation—spruce trees or cactus? spruce trees
3. Which animal roams the high mountain meadows of Olympic National Park in Washington—elk or jaguar? elk
4. At dusk in summer, visitors to Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico can watch thousands of which animal fly from the cave—cardinals or bats? bats
5. Which climate type is found in Denali National Park in Alaska—subarctic or tropical wet? subarctic
6. Visitors to Biscayne National Park in Florida can go fishing and lobstering along the shore of which kind of habitat—mangrove or desert? mangrove
7. Which animal roams the slopes of Lassen Volcanic National Park in California—the black bear or the polar bear? black bear
8. The tidepools at Acadia National Park in Maine are home to which animal—sea stars or giant squid?sea stars
9. Yellowstone National Park in the western U.S. is home to the world’s largest collection of which geothermal feature—geysers or glaciers? geysers
10. Visitors to Congaree [KAHN-guh-ree] National Park in South Carolina can paddle a canoe past which kind of vegetation—Arctic moss or bald cypress? bald cypress
11. Which animal lives in the wetland areas and rivers of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming—musk ox or beavers? beavers
12. Which wildflower grows in Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the border of North Carolina and Tennessee—desert sage or flowering dogwood? flowering dogwood
13. Crater Lake National Park in Oregon includes which natural feature—caldera [kalDER-uh]or coral reef? caldera
14. Which reptile makes its home near the caves in Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave National Park—snapping turtle or desert tortoise?snapping turtle
15. Everglades National Park in Florida is home to which endangered species—manatee or grizzly bear? manatee
16. Visitors can see which large animal at Badlands National Park in South Dakota—bighorn sheep or hippopotamus?bighorn sheep
17. Visitors to Shenandoah [shen-un-DOH-a] National Park in Virginia enjoy seeing which plant in bloom—sequoia [si-KWOI-uh] or mountain laurel?mountain laurel
18. Which plant can be found in the arid climate of Big Bend National Park in Texas—yucca or mountain maple?yucca
19. Which feature can be found at the summit of Mauna Loa [MOW-na LOH-a] in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park—drumlin or cinder cone? cinder cone
20. The rugged landscapes of the Gates of the Arctic National Park in Alaska are home to a large herd of which animal—alpacas or caribou? caribou
21. Pinnacles National Park in California takes its name from rock features that formed from which natural hazard—tornado or volcanic eruption? volcanic eruption
22. The features and shapes in Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota are formed when water erodes which kind of surrounding rock—granite or limestone? limestone
23. At Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas, visitors can bathe in spring water that has been warmed by what layer of the Earth—crust or mantle?mantle
24. Visitors to Isle Royale National Park in Michigan often get the chance to see which animal—jaguar or moose? moose
25. Which purple wildflower is common in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado—lupine or poinsettia [poin-SET-ee-uh]? lupine
26. Which animal is nocturnal and avoids the heat of the day in Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona—coyote or capybara [kap-uh-BAHR-uh]? coyote
27. Zion National Park in Utah includes many cliffs that expose what reddish type of sedimentary rock—obsidian or sandstone? sandstone
28. Which bird feeds on fish in Cuyahoga [kiy-a-HOH-ga] Valley National Park in Ohio—bald eagle or toucan?bald eagle
29. Glacier National Park in Montana includes many examples of which glacial feature—hanging valleys or levees? hanging valleys
30. Which climate type is found in Great Basin National Park in Nevada—Mediterranean or arid?arid
31. At Guadalupe [GWAH-da-loohp] Mountains National Park in Texas, visitors can see what kind of imprints in rocks—hieroglyphics or fossils?fossils
32. Mount Rainier National Park in Washington is home to which animal that lives in coniferous forests—pine marten or ruffed lemurs? pine marten
33. Hikers in Arches National Park in Utah keep an eye out for which venomous animal—alligator or rattlesnake? rattlesnake
34. Which tree can be found in Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado—baobab or ponderosa pine?ponderosa pine
35. Which flowering plant can be found on the slopes of Haleakala [hah-li-ah-kaLAH] National Park in Hawaii—geranium [ji-REY-nee-uh-m] or aspen? geranium

 

 

More sample Questions from National Geogrpahy

 

ROUND 1: United States Geography

Directions: These questions focus on the geography on the United States. You will have a choice of two states. Choose which state is the correct answer.
1. Which state is located in New England–Rhode Island or Virginia?
2. Which state has a longer border with Canada–Vermont or Minnesota?
3. Key West is a resort city on an island chain that is part of which state–Alabama or Florida?
4. Mount Rushmore is located near Rapid City in which state–Idaho or South Dakota?
5. The Appalachian Mountains run through which state–Tennessee or Mississippi?

ROUND 2: U.S. Geographic Comparisons
Directions: These questions focus on geographic comparisons in the United States. You will
have a choice of two states. Choose which state is the correct answer.
6. Which state covers a larger area–Arkansas or New Mexico?
7. Which state is more arid–Alabama or Utah?
8. Which state has more people per square mile–Connecticut or North Dakota?
9. Which state has a higher percentage of farmland–Nebraska or Connecticut?
10. Which state experiences more earthquakes–California or Michigan?

Round 3: U.S. Physical Geography
Directions: These questions are about physical features in the United States. You will have a
choice of two states. Choose which state is the correct answer.
11. Lake-effect snows are more likely to occur in which state–Oklahoma or New York?
12. Coral reefs are found off the coast of which state–Hawaii or Connecticut?
13. A large bay extends into which state–New Hampshire or Rhode Island?
14. Cape May is a vacation destination on the Atlantic Ocean in which state
–Pennsylvania or New Jersey?
15. Continental glaciers created most of the lakes in which state–Minnesota or Maryland?

Round 4: Continents
Directions: These questions are about continents. The answer to each of these questions is a continent. You will not receive a choice of continents.
16. Which continent lies almost entirely south of 70 degrees latitude?
17. The Cape of Good Hope is located near the southern tip of which continent?
18. The Equator passes through the Congo Basin on which continent?
19. The Drake Passage lies south of which continent?
20. Which continent lies entirely North of the Tropic of Cancer?

Round 5: World Geography
Directions: These questions are about world geography. You will have a choice of two countries. Choose which country is the correct answer.
21. Mount Fiji is a scared site in which country–Philippines or Japan?
22. Which country borders El Salvador–Honduras or Panama?
23. Victoria and New South Wales are two states in which country–United Kingdom or Australia?
24. Mumbai is a major port city in which country–Bhutan or India?
25. The city of Valencia is located on the Iberian Peninsula in which country–Denmark or Spain?

Round 6: Cultural Geography
Directions: These questions are about cultural geography. Identify which country answers the question. You will not receive a choice of answers.
26. Shakespeare’s grave is located in Stratford-upon-Avon in which European country?
27. Reindeer provide food, clothing, and a means of transportation for native people who live in
Siberia. Siberia lies mostly in which country?
28. A dance called the tango originated in the city of Buenos Aires in what country?
29. A boomerang is a curved stick traditionally used for hunting by the Aborigines in what country in the South Hemisphere?
30. More than a thousand concerts are held during the annual Copenhagen Jazz Festival,which attracts a broad international audience to which European country?

Round 7: Odd Item Out
Directions: For these questions, you will be given a choice of three answers. You must choose the one answer that does not belong.

31. Which country has not hosted the summer Olympics–China, Hungary or Australia?
32. Which country does not have large areas of tropical rainforest–South Africa, Brazil, or Costa Rica?
33. Which country does not have a high population density–Bangladesh, Japan, or New Zealand?
34. Which country is not located in the Pacific Ocean–Vanuatu, Madagascar, or Nauru?
35. Which country does not border the Atlantic Ocean–Peru, Brazil, or Argentina?

Answer Key
1.Rhode Island
2. Minnesota
3. Florida
4. South Dakota
5. Tennessee
6. New Mexico
7. Utah
8. Connecticut
9. Nebraska
10. California
11. New York
12. Hawaii
13. Rhode Island
14. New Jersey
15. Minnesota
16. Antarctica
17. Africa
18. Africa
19. South America
20. Europe
21. Japan
22. Honduras
23. Australia
24. India
25. Spain
26. United Kingdom
27. Russia
28. Argentina
29. Australia
30. Denmark
31. Hungary
32. South Africa
33. New Zealand
34. Madagascar
35. Peru

 

Additional Questions for discussions
Which state has a climate suitable for growing citrus fruits—California or Maine?
Which country has the world’s largest Muslim population—Indonesia or Mexico?
The North Atlantic current brings warm waters from the tropics to the west coast of which continent?
What is the term for a part of an ocean or sea that cuts far into the bordering landmass and may contain one or more bays?
Which Canadian province produces more than half of the country’s manufactured goods?
To visit the ruins of Persepolis, an ancient ceremonial capital of Persia, you would have

to travel to what present-day country?

Which state has a climate suitable for growing citrus fruits—California or Maine?

You know that oranges and grapefruit are citrus fruits and that they grow in warm places. Since

California’s climate is definitely warmer and sunnier than Maine’s, you correctly answer

California.

Which country has the world’s largest Muslim population—Indonesia or Mexico?

If you have studied maps showing world religions, you will know the answer immediately. If you

haven’t, you might reason that Mexico was settled by the Spanish, followers of Christianity not

Islam. Either way, you correctly answer Indonesia.

The North Atlantic current brings warm waters from the tropics to the west coast of

which continent?

From studying physical maps you know that the North Atlantic is the area of the Atlantic that lies

north of the Equator and that the entire west coast of Europe borders the North Atlantic, so you

correctly answer Europe.

What is the term for a part of an ocean or sea that cuts far into the bordering landmass

and may contain one or more bays?

From studying physical features on maps and using your geographical reference book to learn

about physical features, you narrow your choices to two terms: bay and gulf. Since the word

“bay” is used in the question, you eliminate it as a possibility and correctly answer gulf.

Which Canadian province produces more than half of the country’s manufactured

goods?

Even if you haven’t studied profiles of Canadian provinces, you know from your mental maps

that Ontario borders all of the Great Lakes and has access to the St. Lawrence Seaway. This

puts it in a better position than any other Canadian province to import materials needed for

manufacturing and to export finished goods. So you correctly answer Ontario.

To visit the ruins of Persepolis, an ancient ceremonial capital of Persia, you would have

to travel to what present-day country?

From history books or from studying country profiles, you know that Persia is the former name

of Iran, so you correctly answer Iran.

Previous Year’s Preliminary Round Questions (Answer Key follows)

ROUND 1: United States Geography

Directions: These questions focus on the geography on the United States. You will have a

choice of two states. Choose which state is the correct answer.

  1. Which state is located in New England–Rhode Island or Virginia?
  2. Which state has a longer border with Canada–Vermont or Minnesota?
  3. Key West is a resort city on an island chain that is part of which state–Alabama or Florida?
  4. Mount Rushmore is located near Rapid City in which state–Idaho or South Dakota?
  5. The Appalachian Mountains run through which state–Tennessee or Mississippi?

ROUND 2: U.S. Geographic Comparisons

Directions: These questions focus on geographic comparisons in the United States. You will

have a choice of two states. Choose which state is the correct answer.

  1. Which state covers a larger area–Arkansas or New Mexico?
  2. Which state is more arid–Alabama or Utah?
  3. Which state has more people per square mile–Connecticut or North Dakota?
  4. Which state has a higher percentage of farmland–Nebraska or Connecticut?
  5. Which state experiences more earthquakes–California or Michigan?

Round 3: U.S. Physical Geography

Directions: These questions are about physical features in the United States. You will have a

choice of two states. Choose which state is the correct answer.

  1. Lake-effect snows are more likely to occur in which state–Oklahoma or New York?
  2. Coral reefs are found off the coast of which state–Hawaii or Connecticut?
  3. A large bay extends into which state–New Hampshire or Rhode Island?
  4. Cape May is a vacation destination on the Atlantic Ocean in which state

–Pennsylvania or New Jersey?

  1. Continental glaciers created most of the lakes in which state–Minnesota or Maryland?

Round 4: Continents

Directions: These questions are about continents. The answer to each of these questions is a

continent. You will not receive a choice of continents.

  1. Which continent lies almost entirely south of 70 degrees latitude?
  2. The Cape of Good Hope is located near the southern tip of which continent?
  3. The Equator passes through the Congo Basin on which continent?
  4. The Drake Passage lies south of which continent?
  5. Which continent lies entirely North of the Tropic of Cancer?

 

Round 5: World Geography

Directions: These questions are about world geography. You will have a choice of two

countries. Choose which country is the correct answer.

  1. Mount Fiji is a scared site in which country–Philippines or Japan?
  2. Which country borders El Salvador–Honduras or Panama?
  3. Victoria and New South Wales are two states in which country–United Kingdom or

Australia?

  1. Mumbai is a major port city in which country–Bhutan or India?
  2. The city of Valencia is located on the Iberian Peninsula in which country–Denmark or

Spain?

Round 6: Cultural Geography

Directions: These questions are about cultural geography. Identify which country answers the

question. You will not receive a choice of answers.

  1. Shakespeare’s grave is located in Stratford-upon-Avon in which European country?
  2. Reindeer provide food, clothing, and a means of transportation for native people who live in

Siberia. Siberia lies mostly in which country?

  1. A dance called the tango originated in the city of Buenos Aires in what country?
  2. A boomerang is a curved stick traditionally used for hunting by the Aborigines in what

country in the South Hemisphere?

  1. More than a thousand concerts are held during the annual Copenhagen Jazz Festival,

which attracts a broad international audience to which European country?

Round 7: Odd Item Out

Directions: For these questions you will be given a choice of three answers. You must choose

the one answer that does not belong.

  1. Which country has not hosted the summer Olympics–China, Hungary or Australia?
  2. Which country does not have large areas of tropical rainforest–South Africa, Brazil, or

Costa Rica?

  1. Which country does not have a high population density–Bangladesh, Japan, or New

Zealand?

  1. Which country is not located in the Pacific Ocean–Vanuatu, Madagascar, or Nauru?
  2. Which country does not border the Atlantic Ocean–Peru, Brazil, or Argentina?

 

Previous GeoBee Preliminary Test Answer Key

1.

Rhode Island

  1. Minnesota
  2. Florida
  3. South Dakota
  4. Tennessee
  5. New Mexico
  6. Utah
  7. Connecticut
  8. Nebraska
  9. California
  10. New York
  11. Hawaii
  12. Rhode Island
  13. New Jersey
  14. Minnesota
  15. Antarctica
  16. Africa
  17. Africa
  18. South America
  19. Europe
  20. Japan
  21. Honduras
  22. Australia
  23. India
  24. Spain
  25. United Kingdom
  26. Russia
  27. Argentina
  28. Australia
  29. Denmark
  30. Hungary
  31. South Africa
  32. New Zealand
  33. Madagascar
  34. Peru

 

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