GEOGRAPHY QUIZ WHAT ON EARTH ARE THEY CALLED?
SANTA CLARITA - While hurricanes and election coverage have dominated local and national headlines in recent weeks, world news - from the war in Iraq to the deadly standoff in a Russian school - often leads the nightly news and morning papers across the country.
We are constantly exposed to photos and footage of international events, such as coverage of the Olympic Games and images of ancient towns leveled by bombs.
But how many of us would be able to find these countries on an unmarked map? A recent geography test taken by more than 100 sophomores at Valencia High School may provide some clues.
Jared Snyder, who teaches modern civilizations at Valencia High, was so discouraged by his students' performance on a geography quiz a few weeks ago - of the 109 students who took the test, three got perfect scores while less than half managed to pass - that he gave the teens a second chance.
The test featured a world map dotted with numbers 1 through 34. A separate sheet of paper listed 34 countries or territories, which the students had to match to the correct number.
Results of the second test were far better: 77 percent of the students passed, 15 of whom answered every question correctly.
Snyder said many of his students had trouble with countries in the southern hemisphere, but most showed a solid knowledge of European and former Soviet Union countries.
Think you have a pretty solid grasp of which country goes where? Take this quiz and find out if you've got the geographic goods.
See Monday's Santa Clarita Valley edition of the Daily News for the answers.
Can you name these countries and bodies of water? Answers will be published in Monday's Santa Clarita Valley edition.