In what year did the USSR dissolve?

1989
Too early! Though the Berlin Wall did fall that year.
1992
No… Try again! Too late…
2001
incorrect
1999
Nope

Which country’s submission won the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest?

Israel
Austria
Oops!
Sweden
No… They’ve won enough times. 😉
Cyprus
Not this year.
Hungary
Nope, but they did have the sole heavy metal song in the finals!

What port city in southeastern North Carolina was the birthplace of Michael Jordan, the great National Basketball Association (NBA) player?

Wilmington
🙂 Correct!
Charleston
Oops, wrong city and state!
Savannah
No, wrong city and state.
Raleigh
No..
Norfolk
Wrong city and state.

What is the most common surname in most US states?

Smith
🙂 Correct! Smith, Williams, and Johnson are common in many states.
Jones
Oops — try again!
Lee
No, but it is common in Hawaii.
Garcia
Garcia is one of the more common surnames in the southwestern US. In fact, California’s top 3 surnames are all Latino in origin.
Miller
Miller is common in several states, but not most states.

The Kingdom of the Netherlands consists of the Netherlands, Curaçao, Sint Maarten, and which other country?

Aruba
🙂 Correct! Aruba is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Bermuda
Oops — try again!
The Bahamas
Nope, give it another shot!
Anguilla
Guess again!
Barbados
Sorry, want to pick another?

In which West Virginia town did abolitionist John Brown initiate an armed slave revolt in 1859 by taking over a United States arsenal?

Harper’s Ferry
🙂 You’re right! Of interest is that Frederick Douglass declined to join the raid at Harper’s Ferry.
Charleston
Oops — try again!
Beckley
Nope, give it another shot!
Morgantown
Guess again!
Huntington
Sorry, want to pick another?

What is the largest US state (by area) east of the Mississippi River?

Michigan
🙂 You’re right! Michigan is by far the largest state east of the Mississippi.
Florida
Oops — try again!
Wisconsin
Nope, give it another shot!
Georgia
Guess again!
Tennessee
Sorry, want to pick another?

In which US city will you find the Shedd Aquarium and the Field Museum?

US city

Chicago
🙂 Right!
New York
Oops — try again!
Los Angeles
Nope, give it another shot!
Houston
Guess again!
Seattle
Sorry, want to pick another?

What is the name of the island which the countries of Haiti and the Dominican Republic share?

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Which US city has professional sports teams with these names?: Cowboys, Rangers, Mavericks, and Stars

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What four countries constitute the United Kingdom?

United Kingdom

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The United Kingdom consists of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

Which US state straddles the Tropic of Cancer?

Hawaii
🙂 You’re right!
Alaska
Oops — try again!
Mississippi
Nope, give it another shot!
Maine
Guess again!
Washington
Sorry, want to pick another?

How many Canadian provinces (not territories) can you name?

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There are ten Canadian provinces. From west to east: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador

What is the smallest country in the world (by area)?

Vatican City
Monaco
Oops — try again!
Nauru
No, but Nauru is the smallest country that isn’t a city-state.
Tuvalu
Guess again!
San Marino
Sorry, want to pick another?

Which one-word country name (in English) is the longest, with 13 letters?

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What portmanteau of “motor” and “town” has become a nickname for Detroit, and is a record company name?

Detroit

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Motown was incorporated as Motown Record Corporation in 1960 in Detroit, Michigan, USA.

What Russian city was called Leningrad from 1924 until 1991?

Formerly Leningrad

Saint Petersburg
🙂 Correct! Additionally, Saint Petersburg was called Petrograd from 1914 to 1924.
Moscow
Oops — try again!
Novosibirsk
Nope, give it another shot!
Yekaterinburg
Guess again!
Nizhny Novgorod
Sorry, want to pick another?

How many US states can you identify that use only four unique letters in their names?

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Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Utah. (Ohio has only three!)

How many US states border Canada?

13
🙂 That’s correct! The 13 US states that border Canada (including on Lake Erie) are: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Alaska
10
Oops — try again!
9
Nope, give it another shot!
12
Guess again!
15
Sorry, want to pick another?

What is the sole US state that includes only three unique letters in its name?

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Ohio: O, H, and I

In which South American country is Machu Picchu located?

Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu
Peru
🙂 You’re right!
Bolivia
Oops — try again!
Columbia
Nope, give it another shot!
Brazil
Guess again!
Argentina
Sorry, want to pick another?

If a local asks you “wo bin ich?”, in which of the following countries would you most likely be?

Germany
🙂 Wunderbar! “Wo bin ich?” means “Where am I?” in German.
Spain
No, that’d be “¿Dónde estoy?”
France
Nope, they’d more likely say “Où suis-je?”
Netherlands
A Dutch person would more likely ask “Waar ben ik?”
Norway
Sorry, the local would more likely say “Hvor er jeg?”

The longest international border in the world between two countries divides which two countries?

United States and Canada
🙂 Correct! This border runs between the second (Canada) and fourth (USA) largest countries in the world.
United States and Mexico
Oops — try again!
Russia and China
Nope, give it another shot!
Argentina and Chile
Guess again!
Russia and Kazakhstan
Sorry, want to pick another?

Which politician became president of the People’s Republic of China in 2012?

Xi Jinping
🙂 You’re right! As of 2018, Xi Jinping continues as President of the People’s Republic of China and General Secretary of the Communist Party of China.
Hu Jintao
Oops — try again! Hu Jintao preceded Xi Jinping.
Jiang Zemin
Nope, give it another shot!
Yang Shangkun
Guess again!
Li Xiannian
Sorry, want to pick another?

What is the second-largest state (by area) in the United States after Alaska?

Texas
🙂 You got it! The largest states are, starting with the largest: Alaska, Texas, California, Montana, and New Mexico.
California
Oops — try again!
Montana
Nope, give it another shot!
New Mexico
Guess again!
Arizona
Sorry, want to pick another?