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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. According to de Blij, what is geographically contentious about Europe?
(a) Its cultural rivalries.
(b) Its offshore mineral rights.
(c) Its eastern border.
(d) Its shared currency.

2. 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 seems to have no clear objective for its violence.
(b) Al Qaeda uses different methods, such as bombs.
(c) Al Qaeda does not target civilians or noncombatants.
(d) Al Qaeda is based in just one country.

3. 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) The development of a transportation infrastructure.
(c) An unusually long summer growing season.
(d) A democratic transition of power.

4. 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) Ground all planes and institute stricter security measures after each attack.
(d) Require all American passengers to carry passports with them at all times.

5. 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 the United States.
(b) That the next superpower would have nuclear weapons.
(c) That the next superpower would be from east Asia.
(d) That the next superpower would be a Eurasian land-based country.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does de Blij characterize sub-Saharan Africa?

2. What does de Blij say is the difference between an act of state-sponsored terrorism and an act of war?

3. What is a madrassas?

4. What does de Blij think is the greatest risk to stability in Africa?

5. What methods did European powers use to subjugate Africa?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does de Blij feel so strongly that Americans should be educated about Africa?

2. Where do terrorist groups get money to carry out their training, preparations and attacks?

3. Why is Europe's low population growth, and zero population growth in some areas, troubling to world leaders?

4. Describe China's Cultural Revolution.

5. What are some different definitions of terrorism?

6. How does de Blij think that the United States could avoid another Cold War?

7. What is supranationalism? Give some examples of supranational organizations.

8. What areas of the globe have become hubs for terrorist activity?

9. What kinds of places do terrorists thrive in?

10. Why is sub-Saharan Africa a ripe breeding ground for Islamic fundamentalism?

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