Why Geography Matters: Three Challenges Facing America Test | Final Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How have Chinese nationalists reacted to American foreign policy decisions?
(a) With approval.
(b) With anti-Americanism.
(c) With terrorism.
(d) With economic warfare.

2. What is the world's largest country in terms of territory?
(a) Canada.
(b) Brazil.
(c) Australia.
(d) Russia.

3. What changes does de Blij suggest show that the European Union may eventually form one nation?
(a) Newspapers and bullet trains that link countries and share patrons.
(b) Sharing a currency and allowing travelers to cross borders without documentation.
(c) Political statements that show leaders intend to merge all of Europe's countries into one.
(d) Military alliances and shared weapons and intelligence.

4. What disease is currently at epidemic levels in sub-Saharan Africa?
(a) Malaria.
(b) AIDS.
(c) Dengue fever.
(d) Yellow fever.

5. 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) Large cities in secular Western countries.
(c) Western hotels in countries that are allied with the U.S.
(d) Airplanes traveling between North America and Europe.

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

7. Why was Turkey's application to the European Union viewed as controversial?
(a) Because Turkey is an Islamic country.
(b) Because Turkey is culturally very different from European countries.
(c) Because Turkey has a poor human rights record and a militarized government.
(d) Because Turkey is geographically more a part of Asia than Europe.

8. What is Afghanistan like today?
(a) It lacks most modern amenities.
(b) It has a thriving agriculturally-based economy.
(c) It is a modern Islamic country.
(d) It has become a satellite of Communist Russia.

9. What geographic challenges does Russia have?
(a) It is landlocked and lies in high latitudes.
(b) It has frequent mudslides and earthquakes.
(c) It has very few natural resources.
(d) Its territory is very small and cramped.

10. When did the Qing Dynasty collapse?
(a) In 820.
(b) In 2000.
(c) In 1911.
(d) In 1610.

11. What happened in Russia in the year 2000 that de Blij says was previously unimaginable?
(a) An invasion by one of its former satellite countries.
(b) An unusually long summer growing season.
(c) The development of a transportation infrastructure.
(d) A democratic transition of power.

12. What event became known in China as the "Great Leap Forward"?
(a) The campaign against Confucianism.
(b) Implementation of the one family, one child policy.
(c) Collectivization of farms.
(d) The invasion of Tibet.

13. In which of the following countries are Muslims and Christians at war with each other?
(a) South Africa.
(b) Morocco.
(c) Sudan.
(d) Egypt.

14. What rationale did Russian President Vladimir Putin give for taking away some rights and freedoms from Russians?
(a) Russia should cherish its authoritarian roots.
(b) Russia's allies were insisting on the restoration of authoritarian rule.
(c) During the Soviet period, there were no Chechnya-like conflicts.
(d) He needed more power in order to restore order.

15. What is Russia's connection with the European Union?
(a) Russia was once, but no longer is, part of the European Union.
(b) Russia is not being considered for admission to the European Union.
(c) Russia is likely to be accepted into the European Union.
(d) Russia was invited, but has refused to join, the European Union.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did H.J. Mackinder argue in what de Blij calls the "most often cited article in geography"?

2. Which part of Africa has been Islamic since the 7th century?

3. What other country supported the mujahideen in Afghanistan?

4. What was the Marshall Plan?

5. Where does de Blij hope that a new, more liberal form of Islam will emerge?

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