Geography 1

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1.
1 point
Why is Southeast Asia considered a crossroads?

2.
1 point
… Europe’s waterways were also a blessing. Its
rivers flowed gently into sheltered, navigable
bays. The Rhine is a wide, slow-moving river that
can be used as a highway for goods and people.
The Mediterranean is calm, almost a lake, with
many big ports. Compare this to Africa. Despite
being the second-largest continent, Africa has the
shortest coastline, much of which is too shallow to build major ports. Most of its big rivers—fastmoving, dramatic, vertiginous [dizzying]—are not
navigable. Add to that the tropical heat and
propensity [tendency] for disease and food
spoilage, and you have a compelling geographic
explanation for African underdevelopment—
surely not the only factor, but a significant
one.…
— Fareed Zakaria, The Post-American World,
W. W. Norton & Company, 2008

Which conclusion about the geography of these
continents is best supported by this passage?

3.
1 point
• Analyzing the design of a Shang bronze pot
• Deciphering the writing on the Rosetta Stone
• Examining the fabric of a Japanese kimono
These actions are most often performed by
4.
1 point
The Thar Desert, Ganges River, and Deccan
Plateau are all geographic features of

5.
1 point
What does a topographic map show?
6.
1 point
Base your answer to question 6 on the passage
below and on your knowledge of social studies.

…The girl and two other children were left on a
Mountain top to succumb [fall victim] to the cold
as offerings to the gods, according to the
archaeologists who found the mummified
remains in Argentina in 1999….
— “Frozen Inca Mummy Goes On Display,”
National Geographic News,
September 11, 2007

This passage best illustrates the role of
archaeologists in
7.
1 point
The Indus and Huang He (Yellow) rivers are both
closely associated with
8.
1 point
A geographic similarity between Italy and India is
that both of these countries are located

9.
1 point
Knowing the latitude of a location would be most
helpful in determining

10.
1 point
Which body of water is located between Southwest Asia and Southeast Asia?

11.
1 point
What would a geographer conducting research be
most likely to do?
12.
1 point
Which title best completes the partial outline below?
I. _________________________________
A. Located in a region of volcanoes and earthquakes
B. Has limited mineral resources
C. Concentration of population in coastal plains
13.
1 point
Which geographic factor contributed to the
formation of independent city-states in ancient
Greece?
14.
1 point
Which geographic feature served as a barrier that
protected ancient China and was used as an
invasion route by the Aryans into ancient India?
15.
1 point
Which river system is found in Mesopotamia?

16.
1 point
The term monsoons can be defined as

17.
1 point
Which geographic feature has helped isolate
China?

18.
1 point
Which geographic factor has often made Korea a
key region for those seeking to control East Asia?

19.
1 point
Which name identifies the region located
between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers?

20.
1 point
One similarity between the Nile River valley and
savanna lands in Africa is that they both
21.
1 point
* Keeping field notes from excavation sites
• Analyzing radiocarbon dating test results
• Examining and cataloging artifacts
Which social scientist directly engages in these
activities?
22.
1 point
• Use a variety of evidence
• Analyze primary documents
• Compare societies and regions
These actions help historians reconstruct a record
of a society by
23.
1 point
Geneticists are tracing the movements of people
in prehistoric Europe using our DNA as a time
machine. . . .
— Joe Palca, “Tracing Human Migration Through DNA,”
NPR Weekend Edition Saturday, August 11, 2007
1 This passage suggests that modern science can be
used to
24.
1 point
The southern edge of the Sahara is expanding in
a process called