Punch,  1 (1841), 214.

Punch's Catechism of Geography



Introduction, Drollery; Catechism, Spoof


Physical Geography

    Aims to acquaint the public with 'the exact geographical position of this inhabitable world'. Questions refer to broad geographical concepts but are typically answered in terms of metropolitan locations. For example, geography is defined as 'the looking for places on a map, or in Downing-Street, or anywhere else in the world' 'any districts containing a number of separate residences and distinct tenements, as St. James's, St. Giles's'. Several answers are parodies of the terms given in the question. For example, the sea is defined as 'any small collection of water, as at Chelsea, Battersea'.

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