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7 questions on GCSE geography

GCSE Geography Quiz

It's exam season. In a spirit of solidarity with frazzled school children, the Magazine is inviting readers to see how they would fare in a series of curriculum tests. Questions are of a GCSE standard and supplied by BBC Bitesize. You may turn over your papers now.

Boy looking at a globe

1.) GCSE Geography Quiz

What is A in this diagram?

Volcano graphic
  1. A vent
  2. A throat
  3. A dyke

2.) GCSE Geography Quiz

The Himalayas were formed on what kind of plate boundary?

  1. Conservative
  2. Constructive
  3. Destructive

GCSE Geography Quiz

A constructive plate boundary is where plates move apart and a conservative plate boundary is where they slide past each other in opposite directions.


3.) GCSE Geography Quiz

How many years longer can a person expect to live in the country with the highest GDP in the world compared to the country with the lowest?

  1. 34.1 years
  2. 38.1 years
  3. 40.1 years

4.) GCSE Geography Quiz

Name the process that describes the movement of material along a coast?

A beach
  1. Longshore drift
  2. Shoreline drift
  3. Coastal drift

5.) GCSE Geography Quiz

Limestone pavement consists of which two features?

  1. Clints and grikes
  2. Crags and striations
  3. Scarp and dip

GCSE Geography Quiz

Striations are scratches in a glacier. Scarps and dips refer to chalk escarpments, which have a gentle slope - or dip - on one side and a steeper slope - or scarp - on the other.


6.) Multiple Choice Question

A map that summarises atmospheric conditions over a wide area is known as what?

A synoptic map
  1. A climate graph
  2. A chloropleth map
  3. A synoptic chart

GCSE Geography Quiz

A choropleth map, like the one opposite, is a thematic map in which areas are shaded or patterned in proportion to the measurement of a statistic, such as population density. A climate graph shows temperatures and precipitation.

A chloropleth map

7.) GCSE Geography Quiz

The world is divided up into 10 large-scale ecosystems called biomes. Which of the following biomes is the coldest?

  1. Mountain
  2. Tundra
  3. Coniferous forest


  1. It's a dyke, which is an intrusion of igneous rock across a sedimentary layer. A vent is the main outlet for the magma to escape from a volcano. A throat is the top of that outlet.
  2. The Himalayas were formed on a destructive plate boundary. This is when plates move together, pushing the continental crust together and forcing land upwards to form fold mountains.
  3. It's 40.1 years. If you subtract the life expectancy in Sierra Leone, which has the lowest GDP, from Norway, which has the highest, you get this answer.
  4. It's called longshore drift. The other two are red herrings.
  5. It's clints and grikes. Where limestone has been exposed at the surface due to erosion, the joints become widened to leave dips between the blocks of rock called grikes. The blocks are called clints.
  6. A synoptic chart summarises atmospheric conditions like rainfall, pressure, wind speed and cloud coverage over a large area.
  7. The tundra, or polar biome, is the coldest.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Cold shoulder

4 - 6 : Lukewarm

7 - 7 : Sizzling!

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