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Harm de Blij
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What other world does geography traditionally deal with, in addition to the human world?
(a) The philosophical world.
(b) The cultural world.
(c) The natural world.
(d) The astronomical world.

2. As the world's population increases, where does de Blij say the increase in population will go to live?
(a) To urban areas.
(b) To undeveloped countries.
(c) To more temperate regions.
(d) To developed countries.

3. About what percentage of American students have studied geography in school?
(a) Less than five percent.
(b) Less than 30 percent.
(c) Less than 10 percent.
(d) Less than 50 percent.

4. What event caused Earth's most recent mass extinction?
(a) A temporary lowering in the temperature of the Sun.
(b) A collision with a comet or asteroid.
(c) Mass flooding caused by global warming.
(d) The formation of the Moon.

5. Why does de Blij feel that Americans have an obligation to be well informed?
(a) Because it is important to be a good citizen.
(b) Because the decisions made by Americans affect the entire planet.
(c) Because part of being well educated is understanding geography.
(d) Because Americans have economic ties to many other countries.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following countries does de Blij think will play an important role in the new world order?

2. Which of the following countries adds nine or ten million people to the world's population every year?

3. What life forms are threatened during Earth's Ice Ages?

4. Why did the volcano explosion in Sumatra affect Earth's climate?

5. In addition to population, what else does de Blij say will increase in the next century?

Short Essay Questions

1. What caused the "year without a summer"?

2. How does de Blij feel that U.S. power is changing with regard to China and India?

3. How has the Moon's position in Earth's sky changed since Earth's early years?

4. Why should Americans care about worldwide population growth?

5. What kinds of tools do geographers need to know how to use?

6. How were the locations of colony boundaries in Africa determined?

7. Why has Earth's population increased so dramatically?

8. What does de Blij mean when he says that geography is an antidote for isolationism and provincialism?

9. How does de Blij say that stories of the Great Flood may have started?

10. What was Europe's climate like just before the Little Ice Age began?

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