Thematic Competitions to Create Questions for the Geographical Dictation Continue

Географический диктант. Фото: Алексей Михайлов

As part of the international competition "Write your question for the Geographical Dictation", we invite everyone to take part in the thematic blitz competitions. Each of them will take place within one week and will be devoted to a separate topic, including within the framework of the Year of Folk Art and Cultural Heritage of the Russian Federation. This week's topic: "Geography and Literature".

Every week the Russian Geographical Society holds a new thematic competition, to which you can submit a question in addition to participating in the international competition. Nine blitz competitions will be held in total.

The questions for the blitz competitions should be focused on the geography of Russia in relation to the proposed topic. Each blitz competition will be open only one week — from Monday to Sunday.

Send your questions on time! Keep an eye out for new topics!

Types of questions. Closed-type questions with multiple-choice answers are accepted for the competition. Important: there can be only one correct answer for each question. Requirements for questions and examples can be found here.

How many questions can be submitted to the competition.

There is a strict restriction here — one person can send only one question.

How we will choose the best questions.

All questions submitted to the competition will be sent for examination. It will be conducted by professional geographers and scientists representing related sciences (historians, biologists, art historians, and so on). Experts will determine the best questions, which will appear in the Dictation forms.

The list of finalists will appear on the website of the Russian Geographical Society no later than June 30, 2022; the list of winners, no later than July 31, 2022.

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Regulations on the international competition "Write your question for the Geographical Dictation"

This week's topic: "Geography and Literature" (18.04.22 — 24.04.22)

Geography in the literary works of Russian authors.

In the works of writers, you can find fairly detailed descriptions of landscapes, a reliable description of the geographical location where the action, travels (including around the world) take place. Local, regional literature is a material for the "discovery" of key places in the country, a means for identifying regional images, such as the Yasnaya Polyana in Tula Oblast or the Mikhailovskoye in the Pskov region.

An example of a thematic question: As a result of what natural phenomenon did the hero of the poem "The Bronze Horseman" by Alexander Pushkin find himself cut off from the city?

Answers: A) Blizzard; B) Flood; C) Thunderstorm; D) Tsunami