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Why is Southeast Asia considered a crossroads?
Rivers serve as highways.
A number of trade routes intersect.
A single culture is dominant.
Large deposits of oil are available.
… 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
— 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?
Europe and Africa have many deep major ports.
Europe and Africa have the same climate.
Waterways are a geographic blessing in both Europe and Africa.
River systems have helped development in Europe and hindered it in Africa.
• 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
a political scientist
The Thar Desert, Ganges River, and Deccan
Plateau are all geographic features of
What does a topographic map show?
patterns of trade
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
The Indus and Huang He (Yellow) rivers are both
closely associated with
sacred biblical sites
cradles of early civilization
A geographic similarity between Italy and India is
that both of these countries are located
south of the equator
between two oceans
Knowing the latitude of a location would be most
helpful in determining
Which body of water is located between Southwest Asia and Southeast Asia?
What would a geographer conducting research be
most likely to do?
observe the effects of wind patterns on regional trade
design a survey to determine the online spending habits of young people
use carbon-14 to determine the age of artifacts
analyze the reasons women vote for certain candidates
Which title best completes the partial outline below?
A. Located in a region of volcanoes and earthquakes
B. Has limited mineral resources
C. Concentration of population in coastal plains
Economic Issues Facing Saudi Arabia
Environmental Challenges in Mongolia
Factors Affecting British Industrialization
Geographic Features of Japan
Which geographic factor contributed to the
formation of independent city-states in ancient
Which geographic feature served as a barrier that
protected ancient China and was used as an
invasion route by the Aryans into ancient India?
Which river system is found in Mesopotamia?
Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers
Tigris and Euphrates rivers
The term monsoons can be defined as
Which geographic feature has helped isolate
Great Rift Valley
Which geographic factor has often made Korea a
key region for those seeking to control East Asia?
Which name identifies the region located
between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers?
Horn of Africa
Cape of Good Hope
One similarity between the Nile River valley and
savanna lands in Africa is that they both
provided necessary resources for settlement
are located on the western side of the continent
served as major barriers to the movement of people and goods
had little effect on the lives of the people who lived in these regions
* Keeping field notes from excavation sites
• Analyzing radiocarbon dating test results
• Examining and cataloging artifacts
Which social scientist directly engages in these
• Use a variety of evidence
• Analyze primary documents
• Compare societies and regions
These actions help historians reconstruct a record
of a society by
relying on a single argument
making use of multiple perspectives
separating history from science
focusing on traditional interpretations
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
show the development of a point of view
aid historical analysis
predict future events
explain ancient medical practices
The southern edge of the Sahara is expanding in
a process called
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