Why Geography Matters: Three Challenges Facing America Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Harm de Blij
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What problem resulted from the drawing of political boundaries in Africa by European powers?

2. What does the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea do?

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

4. What other university departments does de Blij feel should be resurrected, along with geography departments?

5. Who formulated a grid that is still used to make map projections of the world?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why can't Europe solve its population problem simply by increasing immigration?

2. How widespread is the practice of cartography across cultures?

3. What was the world like when the nation-state was emerging?

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

5. Compare and contrast the populations of Europe and of sub-Saharan Africa.

6. What might we learn about a country's leaders' intentions by studying its maps?

7. How did the global warming trend that began 18,000 years ago affect Earth?

8. Explain why Earth's continents drift. What theory explains this process?

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

10. How did political maps change during the age of colonialism?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the psychology behind acts of terrorism. What are a terrorist group's psychological goals, and how can they be achieved? Is there any way in which governments can prevent terrorists from achieving their psychological goals, even after a physical attack has taken place?

Essay Topic 2

How did Chairman Mao Zedong change China? Does de Blij think that Mao changed China for the better? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

How is geography connected with issues of national security? Support your answer with examples from Why Geography Matters.

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