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Another One-Question Map Quiz

By Martin W. Lewis | September 10, 2013 | 7 Comments

Can you identify a country merely from a map showing the position of its major cities — and nothing else?  If so, try to give the name of the country mapped here.
Tomorrow’s post will provide the not merely the answer, but also a number of map overlays that can be used  with this depiction of city locations to produce other …

Mapping the Terms Used for First-Order Administrative Divisions

By Martin W. Lewis | July 30, 2013 | 35 Comments

In examining the various countries of the world, I am often unsure what to call their main administrative divisions. Recently, I found myself writing about Peruvian departments but then wondered whether they might be called provinces instead. As it turns out, Peru is split into regions. Other countries are divided into districts, counties, governorates, divisions, and so on. Around twenty …

Fiendishly Difficult One-Question Map Quiz

By Martin W. Lewis | July 29, 2013 | 24 Comments

After making the map posted here I realized that its patterns are so odd that it would make an extremely difficult GeoQuiz. Just one question: what does the map show?
The topic being mapped is commonplace, familiar to all readers. The categories are relatively precise, with almost no overlap or gradations, and they derive from an authoritative website devoted to the …

Answers to the Geo-Quiz

By Martin W. Lewis | April 9, 2013 | 6 Comments

As predicted, the quiz proved difficult, based on the answers provided by those brave readers who gave it a try. The actual answers are as follows:
1=F
2=D
3=B
4=A
5=C
6=E
1. Reliability of Police Services (“To what extent can police services be relied upon to enforce law and order in your country?”)  MAP F
2. Hotel Rooms (Number of hotel rooms per 100 population, 2011 or …

A Fiendishly Difficult Geo-Quiz

By Martin W. Lewis | April 6, 2013 | 10 Comments

After mapping a number of the indicators found in the World Economic Forum’s Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report, I realized that the results could make a particularly challenging geo-quiz. Many of the results seemed surprising to me, and as a result I am not sure if I would have done very well on the quiz.
At any rate, I have included …

Oceania GeoQuiz Answers

By Martin W. Lewis | March 24, 2012 |

Yesterday’s GeoNote introduced this Oceania GeoQuiz. This page shows the answers in bold, so if you would like to first take the quiz without seeing the answers, see yesterday’s post before scrolling down.
 
 
 
1. The area marked A:
a. is a major agricultural region, marked by large sugar and cotton plantations in the north and intensive sheep and cattle ranching in the …

GeoQuiz on Oceania

By Martin W. Lewis | March 23, 2012 | 7 Comments

 
 
 
 
 
 
1. The area marked A:
a. is a major agricultural region, marked by large sugar and cotton plantations in the north and intensive sheep and cattle ranching in the south.
b. is an Australian territory rather than state (owing largely to its small population) that has a relatively high proportion of Aborigines in its population.
c. is an Australian state characterized, like the …

Africa GeoQuiz Answers

By Martin W. Lewis | February 29, 2012 | 6 Comments

Yesterday’s GeoNote introduced this Sub-Saharan Africa GeoQuiz. This page shows the answers in bold, so if you would like to first take the quiz without seeing the answers, see yesterday’s post before scrolling down.

 
 
 
 
 
1. The island marked A:
b. has a unique mixture of Southeast Asian and African cultural influences; all of its closely related indigenous dialects are Austronesian, linked to …

Africa GeoQuiz

By Martin W. Lewis | February 28, 2012 | 4 Comments

Yesterday’s GeoNote criticized a Christian Science Monitor Africa Quiz. Today’s gives an example of the way in which I test my students in multiple-choice exams (I also give essay-format exams).  Answers tomorrow.
 
 
 
 
 
1. The island marked A:
a. is culturally a mélange of South Asian and African influences; partially as a result, it is one of  the more economically successful countries of this …

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