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Harm de Blij
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where does de Blij hope that a new, more liberal form of Islam will emerge?
(a) In Europe.
(b) In Africa.
(c) In the Middle East.
(d) In the Pacific Rim.

2. Why does de Blij feel that it is appropriate to end Why Geography Matters with a chapter on Africa?
(a) Because humanity first evolved in Africa.
(b) Because the world owes a debt to Africa from the time of the slave trade.
(c) Because sub-Saharan Africa has been so geographically isolated.
(d) Because African countries are becoming important economic powers.

3. What is the easiest way to trace how terrorist groups get funded?
(a) Send marked American dollars to a terrorist group.
(b) Follow the trail of bank transactions and internet contacts.
(c) Have agents infiltrate terrorist cells.
(d) Listen in on international phone calls.

4. How does Europe's population compare with the population of the United States?
(a) Europe has about the same size population as the United States.
(b) Europe has half the population of the United States.
(c) Europe has twice the population of the United States.
(d) Europe is about four times more populous than the United States.

5. How does de Blij think that the U.S. should react to terrorist attacks on airplanes?
(a) Stop allowing people from other countries to enter the United States.
(b) Resume normal operations as quickly as possible after an attack.
(c) Require all American passengers to carry passports with them at all times.
(d) Ground all planes and institute stricter security measures after each attack.

6. What does de Blij say is the difference between terrorist acts committed by the Corsicans, the Basques, the Tamils, and the Chechens, and terrorist acts committed by al Qaeda?
(a) Al Qaeda does not target civilians or noncombatants.
(b) Al Qaeda seems to have no clear objective for its violence.
(c) Al Qaeda is based in just one country.
(d) Al Qaeda uses different methods, such as bombs.

7. What treaty, signed by Italy, France, West Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg in 1957, created the European Economic Community?
(a) The Treaty of Brussels.
(b) The Treaty of Versailles.
(c) The Treaty of Maastricht.
(d) The Treaty of Rome.

8. What did H.J. Mackinder argue in what de Blij calls the "most often cited article in geography"?
(a) That the next superpower would be from east Asia.
(b) That the next superpower would have nuclear weapons.
(c) That the next superpower would be the United States.
(d) That the next superpower would be a Eurasian land-based country.

9. Why were many Americans shocked when Nixon went to China?
(a) Because China was a Communist country.
(b) Because China was not a Christian country.
(c) Because China had a terrible human rights record.
(d) Because China was a dangerous place to visit.

10. Which of the following cities is a popular haven for terrorists?
(a) Mexico City.
(b) New York.
(c) Paris.
(d) Cairo.

11. What event contributed to the end of Mao's power in China?
(a) A famine.
(b) A tsunami.
(c) Twin earthquakes.
(d) Flooding.

12. What methods did European powers use to subjugate Africa?
(a) Foreign aid, food, and public education.
(b) Incentives and rewards.
(c) Inspiration and role-modeling.
(d) Fear, intimidation, and violence.

13. Which of the following locations seems like a likely target for terrorists, according to de Blij?
(a) Popular Western resorts located near known terrorist refuges.
(b) Airplanes traveling between North America and Europe.
(c) Western hotels in countries that are allied with the U.S.
(d) Large cities in secular Western countries.

14. Why do the Chechens feel particularly strong about pursuing their independence?
(a) Stalin forced all the Chechens to travel to Siberia during World War II.
(b) Natural resources in Chechnya could more easily be developed after independence.
(c) Russia's government is too corrupt for most Chechens.
(d) Chechens were inspired by the independence gained by neighboring countries.

15. How long has the European unification movement been underway?
(a) Since the U.S. initiated the Marshall Plan in 1948.
(b) Since the League of Nations was formed.
(c) Since the break-up of the former Soviet Union.
(d) Since the end of World War I.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Russia's connection with the European Union?

2. What is the world's largest country in terms of territory?

3. What changes does de Blij suggest show that the European Union may eventually form one nation?

4. What are China's current territorial claims based on?

5. Why do many people argue that it is pointless to send foreign aid to Africa?

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