nickname, the Keystone State, derives from the fact that the
state forms a geographic bridge both between the Northeastern states and
the Southern states, and between the Atlantic seaboard and the Midwest.
It even has a toehold on the Great Lakes.
What do you know about Pennsylvania Geography? Explore this Quick
US Geography Quiz.
1. Pennsylvania is 180 miles north to south and 310 miles east to
west. What is the total land area in square miles?
- 24,817 square miles
- 44,817 square miles
- 64,817 square miles
2. What is the highest point at 3,213 feet above sea level?
- Mount Davis
- Mount Cummings
- Mount Lincoln
3. At the Delaware River, what is the lowest point?
- Sea Level
- 50 feet
- 100 feet
4. In Pittsburgh, Western Pennsylvania the Allegheny and Monongahela
River meet. What river do they form?
- Potomac River
- Northern River
- Ohio River
5. In 1859, near Titusville, they drilled the first oil well in the
U.S. Who made the discovery?
- Michael L. Benedum
- Edwin L. Drake
- David R. White
6. What is the name of the coal that is mined near Wilkes-Barre and
- anthracite (hard coal)
- metamorphic (hard coal)
- timbercoal (hard coal)
7. How much shoreline does Pennsylvania have along the Delaware
- 57 miles
- 114 miles
- 224 miles
8. In 1889, the South Fork Dam, impounding a recreational mountain
lake for sportsmen, burst after a heavy rain and destroyed the
downstream factory town, killing over 2,200 inhabitants in the notorious
flood. What is the name of the flood?
- Johnstown Flood
- Allegheny Flood
- West Fork Flood
9. In 1961, an exposed seam of coal at Centralia caught fire and
eventually forced almost the entire community to abandon the area; the
underground coal fire is still burning today and it is estimated that it
can burn for another 250 years.
10. The river rises in northern West Virginia, in Preston County
southeast of Kingwood and near Backbone Mountain. The headwaters are
approximately 10 miles north of the headwaters of the North Branch of
the Potomac River. It flows NNE into Garrett County, Maryland, flowing
north past Oakland and roughly parallel to the West Virginia border,
separated by approximately 3 miles. It enters southwestern Pennsylvania
on the border between Fayette and Somerset counties. It flows northwest
through a gap in Chestnut Ridge and then past Connellsville. It joins
the Monongahela from the southeast at McKeesport, southeast of
Pittsburgh. What is the river?
- Youghiogheny River
- Keyser River
- Frostburg River