So then, at the end of that story, I followed the link to a similar article which turned the tables. Uh oh ... Americans try to place European countries on a map. Yeah. I know. I shuddered before even clicking on this one. Some of the Brits did a better job labeling US states than some Americans could, so I just knew this was going to be good. And I'll admit, I'd struggle a little bit on a blank European map, but I'd do pretty well. I also have to include on of the attempts on Europe, so enjoy:
I'm reminded of once seeing a link to a site where you could test your geographical knowledge by putting in country names on blank maps, mainly by continents. I know I'm really bad with Africa, but did pretty well with the rest of the world, in general.
I know how to spell Mississippi. And that it's a river and a state. Not sure I could find the state on a blank map. Prop the river, since irrc, that goes north to south into the Gulf of Mexico, somewhere to the west of Texas. Unless I'm awfully wrong.
Post by raspberrybullets on Nov 27, 2013 8:25:08 GMT
I could definitely name plenty of states but not sure how well I'd place them. I once took the trouble to learn because so many of the books I read were set somewhere in the US and it's annoying when you don't know where you are reading about.
The sight filled the northern sky; the imensity of it was scarcely conceivable. As if from Heaven itself, great curtains of delicate light hung and trembled. Pale green and rose-pink, and as transparent as the most fragile fabric, and at the bottom edge a profound fiery crimson like the fires of Hell, they swung and shimmered loosely with more grace than the most skillful dancer. ~ Northern Lights
I'd do pretty well on the American and European map. Africa might be okay-ish, but Asia is beyond me, though I can name quite a few countries there. Just have no clue where to find them. Couldn't do a quiz on UK counties though
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okay I've got The Gambia, that's the tiny one, and Senegal which it seems to be in the middle of. Below those are Guinea and Sierra Leone - Guinea is the big one. Liberia under that, Ivory Coast next door. Gonna take a break now or I will start to not retain info
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Heh...I'd stumbled across those 'map challenges' whilst on FB. I giggled a lot. I'm fairly good (but not perfect) at maps, what with my whole social studies teacher background. Plus I'm an avid virtual traveler. I could have been the person who filled out the map DG posted up. Still, I couldn't even begin to name the various English and Scottish counties, and I'm willing to bet that lots of my compatriots, even college edjumacated ones, would assume that Whales was somewhere near Scotchland.
That said, I too can relate to the Kamchatka remark, having learned some geographical facts in unordinary ways. Also, my geographical knowledge of Africa is sadly lacking (and telling, as noted) and I probably know more physical geography than I do political or human geography of that continent. On the other hand, I suspect that I know far more about Asia than most Americans. Than most Europeans, even. Possibly more than many Asians. I know about Sogdians and the transmission of Buddhist teachings, and the presence of Nestorian churches in the Tian Shan, for crepes' sake. And yet, I'm always learning more.
I know how to spell Mississippi. And that it's a river and a state. Not sure I could find the state on a blank map. Prop the river, since irrc, that goes north to south into the Gulf of Mexico, somewhere to the westeast of Texas. Unless I'm awfully wrong.
Hey...I fixed that for you. You had the right idea, just the wrong direction.
Louisiana is wedged, to the east of Texas, between the state of Mississippi, on it's east. The Mississippi River forms the greatest portion of the state of Mississippi's western border with Louisiana and Arkansas. Along the Gulf coast, from west to east, are the states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. The Mississippi River empties into the Gulf of Mexico at the Delta, in which N'Orleans is located, in Louisiana.
I scored 91% on this quiz. There was a time when I would have got them all right but I've forgotten some of them.
I got: 43% on the US map, 84% on the European one (I'm really fuzzy on the former Eastern Bloc countries), 34% for Africa , 70% for Asia, and 86% for British Counties (got confused with some of the Northern ones).
Hey...I didn't realize there was a whole raft of other tests.
So...I aced both the US and European nations with 99%. With Asia, I got 100% on the nations, but only 81% on the Asian capitals. Then I took the English counties test....41% thanks to knowing the southwestern counties and some of the northern counties. I just don't know one damned shire from another.
On the Europe test, it was the Baltics that were my stumbling block. I know the three nation names, but I've never been clear on which one is where in relation to the others.