Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Geography Quiz, Take One

So I inherited my love of maps directly from my mom. She can't go anywhere without a road map and she was completely appalled that Chris and I only used google maps to get directions, rather than relying on an honest-to-goodness physical piece of paper map to get around. I haven't showed her our Garmin navigation system (thank you Greg!!) which I use practically every day. I'm not sure if she'll be impressed or disgusted. Regardless, you can't have a conversation on world events with my mom without her running over to the globe or atlas to look up the location. I was chuckling over this the other day when I realized that my knowledge of geography has suffered a bit lately. I could definitely use a refresher. I told Chris that I need to find those plastic placemats maps I had as a kid. You could feed the body and the mind while chowing down some cheerios. I think I also had the puzzles. Those were helpful. Today, I'm not sure I could even correctly place all the states on the map. All those rather flat and boring midwest states tend to run together for me at this point. Can I name all the capitals? New Hampshire? Kentucky? South Dakota? Hmmm. No. Give me a western state and I'm good, not so much for the rest of the country. Pathetic, eh?

So, we're going to start a little game. A quiz, really. I'm going to show you a geographic area, and you are going to try and name the countries that are shown.

We'll start off with an easy one: CENTRAL AMERICA

Take a nice long look at the map...
Now start naming those countries!! All of the country names are covered in red. Bonus points for correctly naming the capital (blue). Oh, and you can double click on the image to enlarge it.
If you need a little help, here are the countries that you need to find: Costa Rica, Belize, Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala.

I happen to have been to most of these countries (with the exception of Guatemala and Honduras, and not counting an airport lay-over in El Salvador) so this one was pretty easy-peasy for me. Let's move on to a slightly harder one!!