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Geography quiz: South America

South America: It’s like America, but SOUTH!” So said Ellie in the film Up. Many of the continent’s toponyms are known worldwide, such as the Andes, Amazon, Orinoco, Pampas, Angel Falls, Lake Titicaca; but how much do you really know about this, supposedly, so familiar continent? Well, to find out, play the quiz, and don’t forget to boast (or not ? ) about your score in a comment below.

NoteΒ that although Panama is, for historical reasons, sometimes considered part of South America, it is not included as far as this quiz is concerned.

  • Question of

    Which is the biggest country in South America?

    • Brazil
    • Argentina
    • Colombia
    • Ecuador
  • Question of

    The Andes are the world’s highest mountain range – true or false?

    • False
    • True
  • Question of

    Which country does not span the Equator?

    • Ecuador
    • Brazil
    • Peru
    • Colombia
  • Question of

    Which is the smallest independent country in continental S. America?

    • Uruguay
    • Suriname
    • Ecuador
    • Guyana
  • Question of

    The Falkland Islands are a British overseas territory, claimed by Argentina, where they are referred to as…

    • Islas Maldivas
    • Islas Molinas
    • Islas Malvinas
    • Islas Inglesas
  • Question of

    Most of South America lies south of the Equator

    • True
    • False
  • Question of

    What is the capital of French Guiana?

    • Saint-Georges
    • Cayenne
    • Basse-Terre
    • Fort-de-France
  • Question of

    Which of these capitals is the world’s highest, at an elevation of 3,640 m (11,942 ft)?

    • BogotΓ‘
    • Quito
    • La Paz
    • Buenos Aires
  • Question of

    What is the official language of Suriname?

    • English
    • French
    • Dutch
    • Portuguese
  • Question of

    The Caribbean Sea washes the northern shores of S. America. It is part of which ocean?

    • Atlantic
    • Pacific
    • Indian
    • Arctic
  • Question of

    Cape Horn lies near the southern tip of the continent. In which country is it?

    • Brazil
    • Argentina
    • On the border of Argentina and Chile
    • Chile
  • Question of

    What is the capital of Guyana?

    • Paramaribo
    • Maracaibo
    • Georgetown
    • Jamestown
  • Question of

    Which is the highest mountain in South America?

    • El CΓ³ndor
    • Santa Cruz
    • Ramada
    • Aconcagua
  • Question of

    How many independent countries are there in continental S. America?

    • Fewer than 10
    • 10-15
    • 16-20
    • More than 20

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