Middle American Geography
Middle American Geography

Middle American Geography

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Middle American Geography Q1

How did colonialism alter the ethnic make-up of the Caribbean?

A

Many Africans were brought to the Caribbean via the slave trade.

B

Colonialism brought many people from Asia to the Caribbean.

C

The Portuguese took over many parts of the Caribbean during the era of colonialism.

D

Both A and B

E

None of the above

Middle American Geography Q2

How has Spanish design influenced the urban centers in Middle and South America?

A

In cities built by the Spanish in Middle and South America, there is a plaza in the center.

B

In cities built by the Spanish in Middle and South America, there is a church adjacent to a plaza.

C

In cities built by the Spanish in Middle and South America, residential homes fill in around government offices and stores.

D

In cities built by the Spanish in Middle and South America, government offices and stores are built adjacent to a plaza.

E

All of the above

Middle American Geography Q3

How have drug cartels become an integrated part of the fabric of the Mexican economy and society?

A

Drug kingpins have used their economic power to buy off local police forces.

B

Drug kingpins have provided numerous poor neighborhoods with funding for services that would generally be designated as government obligations.

C

Drug kingpins have become politicians and high ranking government officials.

D

Drug kingpins have opened private schools.

E

Both A and B

Middle American Geography Q6

In the tropical areas of Latin America, there are five established temperature-altitude zones. Which of the following elevation zones is typically found at 12,000 to 15,000 feet?

A

Tierra caliente

B

Tierra templada

C

Tierra fria

D

Tierra helada

E

Tierra nevada

Middle American Geography Q4

The current social status of Mexican society can be illustrated by three distinct classes: the wealthy elite, the middle class, and the poor majority. Of what primary descent are the wealthy elite?

A

European descent

B

Mestizo

C

Amerindian and African

D

Both A and B

E

Both A and C

Middle American Geography Q5

What are the two primary climatic zones of Mexico?

A

Polar and tropical

B

Temperate and tropical

C

Humid continental and temperate

D

Polar and humid continental

E

Marine west coast and polar

Middle American Geography Q7

What country initially took on the task of building the Panama Canal?

A

The United States

B

Spain

C

Germany

D

Mexico

E

France

Middle American Geography Q8

What do most researchers believe to be the cause of the decline of the Mayan Empire?

A

Ecological degradation resulting from slash-and-burn farming techniques

B

Earthquake activity

C

Never-ending wars between neighboring Mayan city-states

D

Congenital disorders

E

All of the above

Middle American Geography Q9

What is typically the greatest danger associated with hurricanes?

A

Storm surges

B

Devastating winds

C

Lightning

D

Large hail stones

E

Fires

Middle American Geography Q10

What leads to the end of a hurricane?

A

Collision with land

B

Collision with cold water

C

Lack of wind

D

Collision with another storm

E

Both A and B

Middle American Geography Q11

Which of Fidel Castro's policy raised major concerns in the United States to the extent that diplomatic relations with Cuba were severed in 1960?

A

Farming practices

B

Communist activities

C

The nationalization of businesses and property

D

Gambling

E

The prohibition of United States goods

Middle American Geography Q12

Which of the following statements about the influence on economic and employment situations in Mexico is true?

A

NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement) theoretically allows more corporate investments across borders and increases foreign ownership of business facilities.

B

A maquiladora theoretically allows more corporate investments across borders and increases foreign ownership of business facilities.

C

Banking reform theoretically allows more small business investments across borders and increases foreign ownership of business facilities.

D

A stratified economy theoretically allows more corporate investments across borders and increases foreign ownership of business facilities.

E

Cheap labor theoretically allows more small business investments across borders and increases foreign ownership of business facilities.

Middle American Geography Q13

Which of the following statements that compares and contrasts Central American countries is true?

A

Central American countries share similar political dynamics, but they do not share similar climate patterns.

B

Central American countries share similar climate patterns and similar economic dynamics.

C

Central American countries share similar climate patterns, but they do not share similar political dynamics.

D

Central American countries do not share similar climate patterns nor do they share similar political dynamics.

E

None of the above

Middle American Geography Q14

Why did colonialism thrive in the rimland of Middle America?

A

The rimland consists mainly of islands and coastal areas that were accessible to European ships.

B

The rimland consisted mainly of English speaking people, which made it easier to set up trade agreements.

C

The rimland is nice and flat, making it easy to explore and conquer.

D

The rimland had a lot of diamond resources, making it quite appealing to the Europeans.

E

Both A and B

Middle American Geography Q15

Why is the southern region of the Americas commonly referred to as "Latin America"?

A

Because the lingua franca of the region is Latin

B

Because European colonialism diffused the Christian religion throughout the region, which included Latin Mass (a tradition in the Roman Catholic Church)

C

Because in Mexico, the largest country in Middle America, speaks primarily Latin (with Spanish being a close second)

D

Both A and B

E

Both B and C

Middle American Geography Q16

As a result of the Spanish-American War, why did the United States find the need to build the Panama Canal?

A

New colonies had been acquired in Africa.

B

The United States Navy could then move more quickly between oceans.

C

Spanish opposition to the canal had ended.

D

The present transportation infrastructure of the United States could not transport enough manufactured goods.

E

None of the above

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