Overview of the Geography of the United States


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Which of the following lists is in the correct order, beginning with the largest country in the world as measured by land mass?

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1. Which of the following two states are not part of the contiguous United States?

2. Which of the following lists correctly identifies the top three countries, as measured in population, beginning with the most populous?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Using this interactive quiz and printable worksheet can serve as a refresher course for you in reference to a number of geographical distinctions of the United States. Topics include not only geographic features of the country but the make up of the contiguous 48 states.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on your knowledge of the following:

  • By area, the largest and smallest states
  • As measured by land mass, the top three countries in the world
  • Geographic features not part of the United States
  • The contiguous United States
  • As determined by population, the three largest countries in the world

Skills Practiced

The worksheet and quiz provide you the opportunity to practice the following skills

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related U.S. geography lesson
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about measuring the size of the United States in a different light
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding geographical characteristics of the United States and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application use your knowledge to answer questions about the geography of the United States

Additional Learning

In order to learn more about the geographical features of the United States and how the U.S. ranks in comparison to other countries, read the accompanying lesson entitled Overview of the Geography of the United States. The lesson covers the following objectives:

  • List the four regions of the United States used for census purposes in order of population
  • Discuss how and why the population distribution shifted since the country was established
  • Comment on the two major mountain ranges in the U.S. and where they are located
  • Name the major rivers in the United States
  • Investigate the variations in ecosystems and climates of various areas of the country