Sub-Saharan African Geography
Sub-Saharan African Geography

Sub-Saharan African Geography

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A question pack focusing on Zimbabwe, Somalia and beyond.

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Sub-Saharan African Geography Q1

Alcoholic beverages are more common south of the African Transition Zone. Why?

A

Yeast and hops, major ingredients in beer making, are more plentiful in the south.

B

The climate in the south is good for grape growing.

C

There is a greater Christian population in the south, and the Christian religion allows for drinking of alcoholic beverages whereas the Muslim religion does not.

D

Both A and C

E

Both B and C

Sub-Saharan African Geography Q2

Despite a lack of effective national governance, the informal economy in Somalia continues to thrive. How is this possible?

A

Trading through personal transactions

B

Trading through the private marketplace

C

Donations from charitable organizations

D

Donations from wealthy countries

E

Both A and B

Sub-Saharan African Geography Q3

Early kingdoms in Subsaharan Africa flourished prior to the Colonial Era. What was an important early trading commodity especially for the kingdoms of West Africa?

A

Gold

B

Salt

C

Copper

D

Ivory

E

All of the above

Sub-Saharan African Geography Q4

How many distinct languages are spoken in all of Africa?

A

500

B

1000

C

1500

D

2000

E

2500

Sub-Saharan African Geography Q5

In which way has the end of apartheid had a positive economic effect on South Africa?

A

Black South African managers have increased industrial productivity throughout the nation.

B

The introduction of communism has led to a more equal distribution of income.

C

Many foreign companies have resumed trading and investing in South Africa.

D

All profits of South Africa's industries are now reinvested out of the country.

E

None of the above

Sub-Saharan African Geography Q6

Niger has the highest birth rate in the world. Why?

A

Religious beliefs

B

Polygamy

C

Marriage and child-bearing at a young age

D

Poverty

E

All of the above

Sub-Saharan African Geography Q7

What economic resource makes Southern Africa one of the wealthiest regions of Africa with the greatest potential for economic growth?

A

Forests

B

Tourism

C

Mineral resources

D

Manufacturing

E

Technology

Sub-Saharan African Geography Q8

What is a major difference between Madagascar and Southern Africa?

A

Cultural geography

B

Biodiversity

C

Religion

D

Climate

E

Both A and B

Sub-Saharan African Geography Q9

What is one reason why there is diminished support for public services in Subsaharan Africa?

A

The lack of government regulation and control prevents taxes from being assessed or collected.

B

There is too much government regulation.

C

The formal section is too big in Subsaharan Africa.

D

Too many taxes are simply a burden to residents of Subsaharan Africa.

E

The unemployment rate is too high.

Sub-Saharan African Geography Q10

What is the African Transition Zone, and what is it based on?

A

The zone that divides North Africa from the rest of Africa, which is based on climatic and cultural dynamics

B

The zone that divides South Africa from the rest of Africa, which is based on climatic and cultural dynamics

C

The zone that divides North Africa from the rest of Africa, which is based solely on climatic dynamics

D

The zone that divides North Africa from the rest of Africa, which is based solely on cultural dynamics

E

None of the above

Sub-Saharan African Geography Q11

What is the reason behind many of the civil wars in Central Africa?

A

Control over resources

B

Political control

C

Ethnic conflict

D

Civil unrest

E

All of the above

Sub-Saharan African Geography Q12

What was the purpose of the Berlin Conference in 1884?

A

To divide Africa and agree on colonial boundary lines

B

To divide Germany

C

To define the location of the African Transition Zone

D

To set up trade routes into and out of Africa

E

To set up a United African government

Sub-Saharan African Geography Q13

Which of the following has led to some of the political divisions that we see among different African countries today?

A

Language barriers

B

Religious differences

C

Cold War divisions between the United States and the old Soviet Union

D

Both A and C

E

Both B and C

Sub-Saharan African Geography Q14

Which of the following rivers in the south is famous for the Victoria Falls on the Zambia and Zimbabwe border?

A

Congo River

B

Niger River

C

Nile River

D

Orange River

E

Zambezi River

Sub-Saharan African Geography Q15

Which of the following statements accurately characterizes the impact of HIV/AIDS on Subsaharan Africa?

A

67% of the 40 million people infected with HIV/AIDS were in Subsaharan Africa.

B

Life expectancies have dropped rapidly in the past decade.

C

Countries in the southern part of the region may see population decline over the next two decades.

D

Women account for 58% of the reported cases in the region.

E

All of the above

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