Why does world geography matter? Simply put, geography is destiny. Elements of geography – like climate, elevation, soil quality, population distribution, water and other resource supply – powerfully shape the conditions and prospects of individuals, groups, nations and the world. Geography affects everything, from culture to climate change, from personal health and safety to terrorism and international relations. Plus, it’s important to know about if you want to get anywhere on time. This first, basic Learning Life geography quiz asks about the world’s largest rivers, lakes, oceans, continents, and islands.

Note: Special thanks to Learning Life intern, Kane Boynton, for conducting the research for this quiz, and drafting the questions and answers.