Americans, and especially our students, are TERRIBLE at geography. National Geographic magazine completed a study of 18-24-year-old Americans recently, and the results were devastating. Only 37% of young Americans can find Iraq on a map—though U.S. troops have been there since 2003. 20% of young Americans think Sudan is in Asia. (It’s the largest country in Africa.), and half of young Americans can’t find New York on a map. Would you like to take a ten minute African geography challenge and see how well you are doing?
Africa is home to 53 countries. Do you think you can name them all in 10 minutes? Can you name half of them? I managed to come up with 20, and I’m convinced that it wasn’t my education that helped me, but praying for missionaries and unreached people groups in church that came to my rescue. I’m still a little sheepish at only scoring 20, but I’m betting I beat the average.
Are you ready? As soon as you click this Berkeley website, the clock will start. Good luck.
Now that you’ve warmed up with Africa, let’s go for the REAL test of geography. How many countries of THE WORLD can you name in 10 minutes? This was really tough, but I got 94 of the 245 countries (151 remaining). Still pretty awful, but there is the pressure of time involved. As soon as you click this link, the clock will start. Good luck, world Christians.