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Geography of Chicago: Quiz


Question 1: According to the ________, Chicago has a total area of 606.1 km² (234.0 mi²).
Midwestern United StatesSouthern United StatesNew EnglandUnited States Census Bureau

Question 2: Chicago's present natural geography is a result of the large glaciers of the ________, namely the Wisconsinan Glaciation that carved out the modern basin of Lake Michigan (which formed from the glacier's meltwater).
Quaternary glaciationLast glacial periodLittle Ice AgeIce age

Question 3: There is the ________, which may bring some argument as to geographic restriction, but the impact of which was strongly lessened by the strict adherence to the Chicago grid across the river.
Chicago RiverChicago Sanitary and Ship CanalTrump International Hotel and Tower (Chicago)Streeterville

Question 4: The city of Chicago is located in northern ________ at the south western tip of Lake Michigan.

Question 5: In contrast, south of the city of Chicago into ________ it is without bluffs, but instead has sand dunes.
Gary, IndianaNorthwest IndianaLake County, IndianaValparaiso, Indiana

Question 6: Past the moraines, the land flattens out again, but is interspersed with a few deep river valleys such as the ________, Fox River, Des Plaines River, and Kankakee River.
Mississippi RiverIllinois RiverPeoria, IllinoisChicago

Question 7: All this can really be attributed to precedent: Chicago has always had a history of frantic skyscraper building, mostly beginning after the ________ when the price of land in the city increased.
Haymarket affairGreat Chicago FireIllinois and Michigan CanalRosehill Cemetery, Chicago

Question 8: When the city we know today was initially founded in the 1830s, the land was swampy and most of the early building began on low dunes around the ________'s mouth.
Trump International Hotel and Tower (Chicago)StreetervilleChicago RiverChicago Sanitary and Ship Canal

Question 9: By modern standards, Chicago has little reason to build up: being located in the ________, it has plenty of room to sprawl outwards on almost Euclideanesque flat ground.
Northeastern United StatesMidwestern United StatesWestern United StatesSouthern United States

Question 10: It sits on the St. Lawrence Seaway continental divide at the site of the Chicago Portage, an ancient trade route connecting the Mississippi River and the ________ watersheds.
Arctic OceanGreat LakesOntarioJames Bay


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