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Could You Win the National Geographic Geography Bee?

Eleven-year-old Akshay Rajagopal won the 20th annual National Geographic Geography Bee yesterday with his winning answer of "Bolivia." The win capped a two-day streak where he answered every question correctly. He's a sixth grader at Lux Middle School in Nebraska.

For his efforts, he'll take home a $25,000 scholarship. He was the youngest of the 10 finalists — all boys. His hobbies include collecting coins, and he is considering some kind of career that involves geography and enjoyed preparing for the contest: "I get to learn about the world and how it works, which is cool."

The photo is vintage from the first contest in 1989. Do you have the global wherewithal to be a geography queen bee? Test your mettle against some sample National Geographic questions.


Could You Win the National Geographic Geography Bee?

Which state has a climate suitable for growing citrus fruits—California or Maine?

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acyl acyl 8 years
Yippe all!
eveday eveday 8 years
Missed question 3.
tiffanyfuchsia tiffanyfuchsia 8 years
5 out of 7, not too bad. Though it would have been 6/7 if I'd gone with my gut feeling on one of them.
kathili kathili 8 years
LOL 7/7; I find this some combo of ironic and slightly redemptive b/c I def sucked when I did the actual Georgraphy Bee in school.
mswender mswender 8 years
YAY! 7 out of 7!
msdyanelk msdyanelk 9 years
I guess I need to study...
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
Whoop! 7/7
AmberHoney AmberHoney 9 years
6/7 A Californian got the 1st question wrong - silly me, I have a lime tree and the neighbor has a lemon. It was fun!
frogandprince frogandprince 9 years
Bah, I got 4 and 6 wrong.
idawson idawson 9 years
I am surprised by my 6/7 i got #3 because i misread the question :(
luvhouse07 luvhouse07 9 years
I was in it! Made it to states!
lexgal916 lexgal916 9 years
6 out of 7 =) i feel pretty good about that!
Bisque Bisque 9 years
6/7, Missed the Canada question, the only one I guessed. I suppose I should be chuffed about that? :P
BeautiJunki BeautiJunki 9 years
5 of 7, the gulf one made me mad and I swear it was straits :(
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
ROFL I made this harder than it was. I kept thinking some of them were trick questions so I answered opposite from what I thought was the right answer.. duh.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
I got crushed by 5 and 7 also. But I was actually pleased by my C-.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
WOW Good job Jill! :) I sucked!! I hate it when you are deciding between two choices out of 3 or more and you just pick on impulse and its the wrong one!! Back to the books for me!
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
4/7 :oops: Well, I grew up on a rock in the middle of the ocean... :rotfl:
stephley stephley 9 years
ABC has a picture of the winner: Akshay Rajagopal. I kept thinking the picture here didn't look like the kid I saw on tv the other day.
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
Jillness, I thought that too at first, but under the photo (last paragraph) it says: The photo is vintage from the first contest in 1989.
serial serial 9 years
I always wanted to compete in a Geography Bee, but we didn't have one at my school.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
Nothing has surprised me more today than getting 100% on this quiz! I am usually terrible at geography! And is it just me, or is that one freaking tall 6th grader! Gotta love the variety of adolescents!
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
5/7 lol and it was questions 5 & 7 that I messed up on.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
Canada is stupid.
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