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Do You Know Your World?

Here is an Australia and Oceania map quiz. I did not do well at this. There are other maps: Africa, the United States, and the Middle East, just to name a few. I have not done well on any of them. Clearly, never having looked at a map of the world in any serious way since year 8 Geography in High School (if I even did that then) has not served me well.

How about you?


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May. 4th, 2006 03:15 pm (UTC)
I found out that I know where the large nations are, and the Australia/Oceania area has a lot of pissy tiny island nations that I can't really keep straight.
May. 5th, 2006 03:46 am (UTC)
i found out that america has a lot more islands than i thought.
May. 4th, 2006 05:59 pm (UTC)
Coming from a country where half the population doesn't know where the capital of the country is, I am amazed I knew any of it. I guess it helps that my focus is Oceania...and I took an undergrad class that included the geography of the region just a year ago...still, the map has some trick spots...for instance, I ran the mouse all over the area where Tuvalu is and did not pick it up, but had to keep searching - I swear I was in the right area, but it took some very sensitive clicking to find it:(
May. 5th, 2006 02:55 am (UTC)
some of the places are really difficult to find. it took me forever to find pulua (?). it was a tiny little dot beneath a long stretch of islands. i think i clicked just about everything else before finding it.
May. 4th, 2006 11:32 pm (UTC)
Nope. I just read in the paper that 60% of Americans can't identify Iraq on a map. I was about to scoff when I realised that it was well past time I looked up Iraq on a map myself. (So now I can identify Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Syria and Saudi Arabia. For today).
May. 5th, 2006 03:45 am (UTC)
i could find iraq. though i, um, did hit kuwait first...
May. 5th, 2006 12:49 am (UTC)
It's a pretty tough quiz... I think it's good enough for most people to just know *of* nations like Tuvalu and Kiribati and Nauru, and know that they're somewhere in the South Pacific. That's about as much as I know, anyway.
May. 5th, 2006 03:46 am (UTC)
isn't really just a cop out to say it's enough to know that they're there, though? kind of like saying, 'well, sure, there's tuvula, but who gives a fuck where it is? ain't like us first worlders are ever going to go there.'
May. 5th, 2006 04:04 am (UTC)
Sure, that'd be a cop out, but I guess I meant that "good enough" means knowing a bit more than that. E.g., I know Tuvalu is a South Pacific island nation somewhere east of Australia, north of NZ, southwest of Hawaii. I know they're likely to be affected by rising sea levels and Australian regional foreign policy. That's good enough for me. The fact that I can't pinpoint which of the hundreds of islands in that area is Tuvalu doesn't bother me... if I need to know exactly where they are, that info is on my bookshelf or on the web.
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