Monday, November 17, 2008

Around the world in one week: first stop Hungary

In honor of this Geography Awareness Week (November 16-22, 2008) 100 Years in America challenges you to expand your knowledge of the world. As you may know, I am a fan of many of the world's countries and cultures, but this week I plan to highlight the areas of the world most near and dear to the heart of 100 Years in America.

Beginning today, November 17, let's focus on Hungary. Today is the feast day of my patron saint: Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Szent Erzsébet in Hungarian. (Since there is not yet a St. Lisa, she is my "name saint" of choice!)

What better day to refresh our knowledge of the geography of the country of Hungary?

Landlocked in the middle of central Europe, the modern borders of the country were established shortly after World War I. Think you know a little bit about Hungary? Try your hand at the following quizzes to gauge your knowledge:

Cities of Hungary quiz

Counties of Hungary quiz

Budapest quiz

Not yet ready for a test but want to expand your knowledge? Visit this Hungary geography webpage to get started.

Stay tuned this week to 100 Years in America for more challenges to your geographic knowledge about the world during this Geography Awareness Week 2008.

Painting depicting The Charity of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary by 19th-century artist Edmund Blair Leighton.


  1. Lisa, that was a very nice surprise for me this morning, and more surprisingly I did poorly on the tests! This shows that even I'm a born Hungarian there are lots of things I still don't know about my country. Just have to practice! A beautiful painting of Saint Elizabeth, thank you!

  2. I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one who needs a review of Hungarian geography! Glad you played, Jutka. I hope you learned something new.


  3. Lisa,

    What a great idea! But, I'm ashamed to admit I did quite poorly regarding my knowledge of Hungary. I hope to do better with the other countries you pick - can't wait to find out which ones.

    I did do much better with my knowledge of St. Elizabeth though. As my Polish great-grandmother was born on her feast day (actually two days later), she is named after her. Oddly enough, she also married a Ludwig and they had a son Henry, my grandfather. Too strange! But, she wasn't as saintly as St. Elizabeth. That's a lovely painting.



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