How sharp are your skills in global knowledge? Think you can match up with today's middle schoolers?
The following questions were used in the Pilot-Tribune area school competitions, as well as state and national levels of the 2000 National Geographic Bee and reflect the range of difficulty and subject matter that can be expected in new questions at these various levels.
Justin Cullen, a fifth-grade student at Storm Lake St. Mary's will be among those competing in the 2001 Iowa Geographic Bee on Friday, April 6 on the campus of Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny. Justin is the son of John and Mary Cullen of Storm Lake.
These questions are among those faced by children in grades four through eight. How well can you do?
1. Much of what state is covered by mountains - Wyoming or Iowa? Wyoming.
2. Which river flows through New England - the Connecticut River or the Delaware River? Delaware
3. Which country is Austria's leading trading partner - India or Germany? Germany
4. Origami, the art of folding paper into objects, is part of the cultural tradition in which island country in East Asia? Japan
5. What term is used for the broad, flat area in a river valley that is subject to flooding? Floodplain
6. What term is used for the mechanism that raises and lowers water levels in a canal, allowing boats to move between bodies of water at different elevations? Lock
Read the rest of this story in the 4/03 Pilot Tribune.