North American Geography
North American Geography

North American Geography

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A question pack on Canada and the United States.

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North American Geography Q1

Between 2000 and 2006, which of the following groups accounted for approximately half of the population growth of the United States (growing about four times faster than the country as a whole)?

A

African-Americans

B

Hispanics

C

Asians

D

Caucasians

E

Both A and B

North American Geography Q2

Canada and the United States have the world's largest trading relationship with large amounts of goods (and people) flowing across the border each year. Since the 1987 Canadian-American Free Trade Agreement, what has aided this trade relationship?

A

There have been no tariffs on most goods passed between the two countries.

B

New transportation corridors have been opened between the two countries.

C

All border stoppings have been removed.

D

Americans are able to buy cheaper prescription drugs from Canada through their insurance.

E

All of the above

North American Geography Q3

Of the following economic sectors, which has shown the most dramatic structural change in the United States?

A

Service sector

B

Energy sector

C

Manufacturing

D

Hi-tech sector

E

Agriculture

North American Geography Q4

What are the two dominant climate patterns in North America?

A

1) Temperatures get warmer as you travel from north to south and get closer to the equator; 2) there is a decrease in precipitation as you move from east to west across the continent until you reach the Pacific Coast, where rainfall is abundant again.

B

1) Temperatures get cooler as you travel from north to south and get closer to the equator; 2) there is an increase in precipitation as you move from east to west across the continent until you reach the Pacific Coast, where rainfall is sparse.

C

1) Temperatures get warmer as you travel from south to north and get closer to the pole; 2) there is a decrease in precipitation as you move from west to east across the continent until you reach the Pacific Coast, where rainfall is sparse.

D

1) Temperatures get cooler as you travel from south to north and get closer to the equator; 2) there is a decrease in precipitation as you move from east to west across the continent until you reach the Pacific Coast, where rainfall is abundant again.

E

1) Tropical storms dominate the Great Plains; 2) drought dominates the North East.

North American Geography Q5

What is the current pattern of religious affiliation across the United States?

A

Jewish people are concentrated in the Midwest; Buddhists are concentrated in the South; Muslims are concentrated in the Northeast; Christians are concentrated in the West.

B

One can find observers of nearly every major religion (and many minor ones) in virtually every area of the country.

C

Christians are concentrated in the Midwest; Buddhists are concentrated in the South; Muslims are concentrated in the Northeast; Jewish people are concentrated in the West.

D

Buddhists are concentrated in the Midwest; Christians are concentrated in the South; Muslims are concentrated in the Northeast; Jewish people are concentrated in the West.

E

None of the above

North American Geography Q6

What is the greatest attribute of the "American Dream" that transcends to people across the world?

A

Through hard work, you can achieve upward mobility, no matter what your background is.

B

Through hard work, you can achieve financial success, no matter what your background is.

C

Through hard work, you can achieve land ownership, no matter what your background is.

D

Through hard work, you can achieve citizenship, no matter what your background is.

E

Both A and B

North American Geography Q7

What is the major environmental consequence of rapid population growth in the Mountain West region of the United States?

A

Reduction of grazing lands

B

Land degradation

C

Ozone depletion

D

Strain on physical resources, such as water

E

Rapid climate change

North American Geography Q8

What is the most densely populated province of Canada, and why?

A

Maritime Provinces, because it is located along coastal trade routes

B

French Canada, because most Canadians speak French

C

South Canada, because it has suitable climate and physical geography

D

Prairie Province, because it has good grazing lands

E

Pacific Canada, because it has a suitable climate

North American Geography Q9

What was "manifest destiny" in the minds of many Americans of the original thirteen colonies?

A

The belief of some Americans that the original thirteen colonies were predestined to expand across the continent

B

The belief of some Americans that the original thirteen colonies should be an imperialistic power across the world

C

The belief of some Americans that the original thirteen colonies were destined to remain thirteen and should not expand

D

Both A and B

E

Both B and C

North American Geography Q10

What was the "Great Migration"?

A

Massive migration of Latinos from the South to cities of the North and West

B

Massive migration of African Americans from the South to cities of the North and West

C

Massive migration of Native Americans from the South to cities of the North and West

D

Massive migration of the French from the South to cities of the North and West

E

Massive migration of the British from the South to cities of the North and West

North American Geography Q11

Which of the following occurrences spurred the westward migration in North America?

A

Gold boom in California (1849)

B

Completion of the transcontinental railroad (1869)

C

The invention of the electric streetcar (1888)

D

Both A and B

E

Both B and C

North American Geography Q12

Which of the following physiographic regions of North America extends from the southern states all the way to the great northeast?

A

The Rocky Mountains

B

The Canadian Shield

C

The Interior Lowlands

D

The Appalachian Highlands

E

The American Shield

North American Geography Q13

Which three European countries significantly influenced the development of North America?

A

Portugal, Russia, and France

B

Germany, Spain, and France

C

Spain, France, and Russia

D

Spain, France, and England

E

England, Spain, and Russia

North American Geography Q14

Why are there English-speaking and French-speaking regions in Canada?

A

French fishermen and fur traders initially colonized Canada; the British later took it from the French.

B

British fishermen and fur traders initially colonized Canada; the French later took it from the British.

C

French aristocrats initially colonized Canada; British fur traders later took it from the French.

D

British aristocrats initially colonized Canada; French fur traders later took it from the British.

E

The French migrated to Canada from the eastern United States; the British migrated to Canada from the western United States.

North American Geography Q15

Why is the proportion of French speakers in Canada declining?

A

French speaking families are having fewer children.

B

French is not part of the curriculum in the Canadian education system.

C

More immigrants from other parts of the world have a higher fertility rate than the French speakers.

D

Both A and B

E

Both B and C

North American Geography Q16
question description

The thematic map below shows the locations in the United States where Native Americans and Hispanics make up the majority of the population and non-Hispanic Caucasians make up the minority of the population? Why is this the case?

A

Because of proximity to Canada

B

Because the Midwest offers a strong support infrastructure for immigrants

C

Because the south provides a lot of the United States' farming needs

D

Because of proximity to ports

E

Because of proximity to the Mexican border

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