South Asian Geography
South Asian Geography

South Asian Geography

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A question pack focusing on India, Pakistan and beyond.

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South Asian Q1

Why does Afghanistan's national, central government (based in the capital city of Kabul) have minimal influence in the country's rural regions?

A

Pashtun interference

B

Taliban interference

C

Pakistani interference

D

Ethnic factions

E

Tajik interference

South Asian Q2

Rapid population growth in the countries of South Asia is a major concern. For example, in Nepal the combination of the fast growing population with the loss of ______________ means a major crisis will be forthcoming.

A

food-growing capacity

B

housing

C

water resources

D

housing and water resources

E

medicine

South Asian Q3

How has the Indian government responded to the threat of reduced biodiversity?

A

With the creation of sanctuaries

B

With the creation of national parks

C

With the creation of protected wildlife areas

D

With the creation of biosphere reserves

E

All of the above

South Asian Q4

How was the landmass of South Asia formed?

A

By the Indian Plate colliding with the North American Plate

B

By the Indian Plate colliding with the Eurasian Plate

C

By the Indian Plate colliding with the South American Plate

D

By the Indian Plate colliding with the African Plate

E

None of the above

South Asian Q5

The Kingdom of Kashmir, located between Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, and China, is independent but divided with Pakistan controlling the northern region, India controlling the southern region, and China controlling a portion of the eastern region. The future of Kashmir is unclear, as none of the countries involved want to start a large-scale war. What is preventing this type of escalation from happening?

A

Political similarity; that is, all of the countries share the same politics and therefore realize no one country is a threat to the other

B

Economic factors; that is, the cost of war is too high, and none of the nations involved have the economic resources to support those costs

C

Realism; that is, each country realizes that it cannot defeat the other countries

D

Nuclear deterrent; that is, each country (Pakistan, India, and China) all have nuclear weapons, and the use of those weapons would ensure mutual destruction

E

All of the above

South Asian Q6

What is a common environmental concern for both Pakistan and Bangladesh?

A

Desertification

B

Water pollution

C

Earthquakes

D

Deforestation

E

Both B and D

South Asian Q7

What prompted the Indo-Pakistan War in 1970, which led to the eventual creation of the independent Bangladesh in 1972?

A

Weak reaction from the central government in West Pakistan to a massive cyclone that hit the coast of East Pakistan

B

Weak reaction from the central government in East Pakistan to a massive cyclone that hit the coast of West Pakistan

C

Land conflict over mineral rights between East and West Pakistan

D

Both B and C

E

Both A and C

South Asian Q8

What specifically were early European colonizers of South Asia seeking?

A

Raw materials

B

Cheap labor

C

Trade partners (for expanding markets)

D

All of the above

E

A and B only

South Asian Q9

Where is the city of Karachi, Pakistan's largest city and major port?

A

Punjab

B

Baluchistan

C

Sindh

D

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

E

None of the above

South Asian Q10

Which of the five main levels of the Hindu castes system are "untouchables"?

A

Brahmin

B

Kshatriya

C

Vaishya

D

Shudra

E

Dalits

South Asian Q11

Which of the following best characterizes the summer winds of the Indian Monsoon?

A

They move across India toward the Indian Ocean.

B

They move from the Indian Ocean across India.

C

They are hot and dry as they blow across India.

D

They are cool and wet as they blow across India.

E

None of the above

South Asian Q12

Which of the following countries in South Asia is becoming a major manufacturing country for vehicles and high-tech industries?

A

India

B

Pakistan

C

Nepal

D

Sri Lanka

E

Bangladesh

South Asian Q13

Which of the following was the earliest civilization on the subcontinent of India in existence from about 3300 BCE to 1500 BCE?

A

Brahmaputra civilization

B

Mesopotamian civilization

C

Mauryan civilization

D

Bronze Age civilization

E

Indus Valley civilization

South Asian Q14

Why are there continued conflicts over the land expanses around Pakistan's northern areas?

A

Religious differences in the region, especially between Islam and Hinduism

B

Politics

C

Oil Resources

D

Both A and B

E

None of the above

South Asian Q15

Why did the British move their colonial capital from Kolkata (on the coast) to inland New Delhi?

A

In order to link to the interior of India

B

In order to provide for the interior of India

C

In order to develop the interior of India

D

In order to exploit the interior of India

E

In order to modernize the interior of India

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