Europe, which had been practically flattened at the end of World War II, has grown into a prosperous area that is constantly the focus of world attention.
Here are some questions to test how well you know this important continent. (Remember it includes East and West Europe.)
1. The leaders of the three most powerful nations in Western Europe today are Helmut Schmidt, Francois Mitterrand, and Margaret Thatcher. What countries do they represent and what are their correct titles?
2. What prosperous country in Europe does not belong to the United Nations?
3. What is Europe's (and the world's) busiest port: London, Rotterdam, Antwerp, or Hamburg.
4. In what major capital cities would you find these rivers: (a) The Thames; (b) The Seine; (c) The Danube.
5. Hitler was known as the Fuhrer (leader) of Nazi Germany. But in which country was he born?
6. Which great European city was the home of all these famous composers: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mahler, and Brahms?
7. Name Europe's largest city.
8. What are Europe's two longest rivers?
9. The following five cities are the capitals of five of the seven countries mentioned below. Can you see which ones they are? Capitals: Helsinki, Prague, Bonn, Brussels, and Bern. Countries: Sweden, Yugoslavia, Finland, Belgium, West Germany, Czechoslovakia, and Switzerland.
10. What is Europe's highest mountain?
11. Where would you find (a) dikes, (b) fjords, (c) Eskimos?
12. Why is Holland more correctly called The Netherlands?
13. What do Prince Henry the Navigator, Bartholomew Diaz, and Vasco de Gama have in common?
14. Which place has the same name for its country and its capital?
15. What three languages are officially spoken in Switzerland?
16. Where would you find the Eiffel Tower, the Parthenon, and the Leaning Tower of Pisa?
17. Europe was once a continent of kings. Few monarchs now remain. Which countries still have royalty?
18. Is Turkey considered a European or an Asian nation?
19. If you went to Scandinavia, what three countries would you visit?
20. Picasso was one of the world's greatest painters. Where was he born? Answers:
1. Chancellor Schmidt of West Germany, President Mitterrand of France, and Prime Minister Thatcher of Britain.
3. Rotterdam in The Netherlands.
4. (a) London; (b) Paris; and (c) Vienna, Budapest, and Belgrade.
6. Vienna, Austria.
8. The Volga (2,325 miles); and the Danube (1,725 miles).
9. Helsinki (Finland); Prague (Czechoslovakia); Bonn (West Germany); Brussels (Belgium); and Bern (Switzerland).
10. Mt. Elbrus in the Urals Mountain, Soviet Union, 18,480 feet - more than 2 ,000 feet higher than Mt. Blanc.
11. (a) The Netherlands (Holland); (b) Norway; (c) Greenland, also western Siberia in the Soviet Union. Outside of Europe Eskimos are found in Alaska and northern Canada.
12. Holland is only one province of The Netherlands.
13. They are all famous early Portuguese explorers.
14. Luxembourg is the capital of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
15. Switzerland is split into German, French, and Italian-speaking regions.
16. The Eiffel Tower is in Paris, France, the Parthenon in Athens, Greece, and The Leaning Tower of Pisa in Pisa, Italy.
17. Britain, The Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Spain, the principality of Monaco, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the principality of Liechtenstein.
18. Turkey is considered part of both Europe and Asia.
19. Sweden, Norway, and Denmark.