Mastermind Club

Quiz 2021

Number 1

Geography

Set by Mel Kinsey



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1/ The oldest US national park and home to the Old Faithful geyser, Yellowstone National Park is located predominantly in which state of the USA?       

Wyoming

2. The marginal sea of the South Pacific Ocean lying between Australia and New Zealand is named after which 17th-century Dutch explorer?    

Abel Tasman

3./ Slightly smaller in area than Hispaniola, which island is known in Japanese as Karafuto and Chinese as Kuye? Its European name is likely a misinterpretation of the Manchu for ‘craggy rock at the mouth of the Amur River’.

Sakhalin

4/Located at the western end of the Gulf of Tadjoura and touching the Dikhil region, Lake Assal is a saline lake which lies 509 feet below sea level, making it the lowest point on land in Africa. In which country in the Horn of Africa is it located?

Djibouti

5/ Of the successor states that resulted from the breakup of Yugoslavia in the 1990s, which is the most southerly?  

North Macedonia

6./ Known as the ‘Roof of the World’ since Victorian times, which Central Asian mountain range is situated at the junction of the Himalayas with Tian Shan, Karakoram, Kunlun and Hindu Kush ranges? It lies mostly within the Gorno-Badakhshan province of Tajikistan.  

The Pamirs

     7/ Which major European city, third largest in its country, lies on the River Iser?    

Munich

8/ The Australian Capital Territory, which includes the federal capital of Canberra, is completely surrounded by which state? 

New South Wales

9/ Which small Arabic monarchy is linked to its larger neighbour Saudi Arabia by the King Fahd Causeway?  

Bahrain

10/ Unrecognized by any United Nations members, the self-proclaimed republic of Transnistria lies on the border between Ukraine and which other country  

 Moldova

11/ Featuring the images of four US Presidents carved into rock, in which US state is the Mount Rushmore National Memorial located?

South Dakota

12/  Named after an ancient Indo-European people, which arm of the Mediterranean Sea indenting the northwestern Italian coast and lying between the Italian Rivera and the island of Corsica?   

Ligurian Sea

13/ Also known as the Great Indian Desert, which large arid region in the northwestern Indian subcontinent forms a natural boundary between India and Pakistan? 85% of it is in India, of with nine-tenths is in the state of Rajasthan.        

Thar Desert

14/ Other than Russia and Iran, the Caspian Sea is bordered by three countries that were former Soviet republics. name them.

Kazakhstan 

Azerbaijan

Turkmenistan

15/ Named after the English navigator who was the first to visit it during his search for the Northwest Passage in 1576, what is the name of the large inlet of the Labrador Sea in the southeastern corner of Baffin Island? Iqaluit (the capital of Nunavut) lies near its innermost end.

 Frobisher Bay

16/ A narrow neck that connects the Malay peninsula to the Asian mainland, the Isthmus of Kra is shared by which two countries?

Thailand and Myanmar

17/  The second longest in India after the Ganges, which 1465km river starts in the Western Ghats in the state of Maharashtra and flows east across the Deccan Plateau to empty into the Bay of Bengal? The Pushkaram festival/ fair is celebrated on its banks every 12 years.     

Godavari River.

18/  Named after an Italian explorer of North America, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge connects Staten Island to which other borough of New York City?      

Brooklyn

19/  Standing on the Ob River on the West Siberian Plains and north of the Priobskoye Plateau, which city of around 1.4 million people (from a 2010 census) is the third most populous in Russia, after Moscow and St. Petersburg?  

Novosibirsk

20/ Named after an ace naval pilot, O’Hare International Airport is located in which US city? 

Chicago

21/ A subrange of the Appalachians, the Great Smoky Mountain rises along the border between North Carolina and which other state? 

Tennessee

22/ The 16th-century Portuguese explorer Lourenco Marques gave his name to an African capital city now known by what name? It had been expected to be renamed Can Phumo, after a Shangaan chief, upon independence but was given its current name instead.

Maputo

23/ Named after a Native American tribe which translates as ‘People of the South Wind’, which US state is surrounded by Nebraska, Missouri, Oklahoma and Colorado on it sides?  

Kansas

24/  Located near the foothills of the Sivalik range of the Himalayas, which city in northern India serves as the capital of the states of Punjab and Haryana? One of the early planned cities in post-independence India, its masterplan was prepared by the Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier.

Chandigarth

25/  Rising from the Blue Ridge Mountains and flowing southeastward across northern Virginia to Chesapeake Bay, which river was the centre of a major theatre of battle in the American Civil War, and effectively functioned as the boundary between the North and South?  

 Rappahannock River