4.1 Urban & Rural Land

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4.1 Urban & Rural Land - Quiz

Environmental Science
Unit 4: Land Use & Human Impact
4.1 - I CAN compare urban and rural land use.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Land that contains relatively few people and large areas of open space is considered:

    • A.

      Urban

    • B.

      Rural

    • C.

      Suburban

    • D.

      Rangeland

    Correct Answer
    B. Rural
    Explanation
    Land that contains relatively few people and large areas of open space is considered rural. Rural areas are characterized by a low population density and a predominance of agricultural activities. These areas are typically located away from urban centers and have a more natural and undeveloped landscape. The presence of large open spaces suggests that the land is not heavily built-up or urbanized, further supporting the classification of the land as rural.

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  • 2. 

    Which of the following is NOT an environmental benefit of rural spaces?

    • A.

      Moderating temperature

    • B.

      Preventing flooding

    • C.

      Source of carbon dioxide

    Correct Answer
    C. Source of carbon dioxide
    Explanation
    Rural spaces provide several environmental benefits, such as moderating temperature and preventing flooding. However, they are not a source of carbon dioxide. In fact, rural spaces, including forests and grasslands, act as carbon sinks, absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere through photosynthesis and storing it in plants and soil. This helps to mitigate climate change by reducing the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Therefore, the statement that rural spaces are a source of carbon dioxide is incorrect.

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  • 3. 

    Urban areas are often covered with ____________ and contain __________ people.

    • A.

      Crops; few

    • B.

      Crops; many

    • C.

      Buildings; few

    • D.

      Buildings; many

    Correct Answer
    D. Buildings; many
    Explanation
    Urban areas are often covered with buildings and contain many people. Urban areas are characterized by a high population density and are typically developed with a large number of buildings, including residential, commercial, and industrial structures. These buildings provide housing, workplaces, and amenities for the large population that resides in urban areas.

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  • 4. 

    Rural areas are often covered with ____________ and contain __________ people.

    • A.

      Crops; few

    • B.

      Crops; many

    • C.

      Buildings; few

    • D.

      Buildings; many

    Correct Answer
    A. Crops; few
    Explanation
    Rural areas are often covered with crops, indicating that agriculture is a prominent activity in these regions. The second part of the answer states that rural areas contain few people, which is consistent with the idea that rural areas are typically sparsely populated compared to urban areas.

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  • 5. 

    Why is it important to preserve rural land?

    • A.

      To increase CO2 production

    • B.

      To increase urban temperatures

    • C.

      To increase urban sprawl

    • D.

      So we can produce food through agriculture

    Correct Answer
    D. So we can produce food through agriculture
    Explanation
    It is important to preserve rural land so that we can continue to produce food through agriculture. Rural land provides the necessary space and resources for farming and cultivation of crops. Preserving rural land ensures that we have enough land available for agricultural activities, which is crucial for sustaining the food production necessary to feed the growing population. Additionally, preserving rural land helps maintain biodiversity, protect natural habitats, and support sustainable farming practices.

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  • 6. 

    Which of the following is NOT a benefit of rural land?

    • A.

      It helps purify air and water

    • B.

      It helps prevent flooding

    • C.

      It increases carbon dioxide levels

    • D.

      It helps recycle nutrients to the soil

    Correct Answer
    C. It increases carbon dioxide levels
    Explanation
    Rural land provides several benefits, such as purifying air and water, preventing flooding, and recycling nutrients to the soil. However, it does not increase carbon dioxide levels. In fact, rural land can help reduce carbon dioxide levels through processes like photosynthesis, where plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. Therefore, the statement that rural land increases carbon dioxide levels is incorrect.

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  • 7. 

    Largely residential areas immediately outside of cities are known as:

    • A.

      Suburban

    • B.

      Urban

    • C.

      Rural

    • D.

      Wild

    Correct Answer
    A. Suburban
    Explanation
    Largely residential areas immediately outside of cities are known as suburban. These areas are characterized by a mix of residential housing, commercial establishments, and sometimes industrial zones. Suburban areas offer a more peaceful and spacious living environment compared to urban areas, while still providing easy access to the amenities and job opportunities available in the nearby city.

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  • 8. 

    All of the following are typical uses for urban land except:

    • A.

      Housing

    • B.

      Industry

    • C.

      Businesses

    • D.

      Agriculture

    Correct Answer
    D. Agriculture
    Explanation
    Urban land is typically used for housing, industry, and businesses as these activities are commonly associated with urban areas. Agriculture, on the other hand, is more commonly associated with rural areas where there is ample space for farming and cultivation. Urban areas usually have limited land available, making it less suitable for large-scale agricultural activities. Therefore, agriculture is not a typical use for urban land.

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  • 9. 

    Which of the following is a TRUE statement about urban land?

    • A.

      Urban land is more dense than rural land.

    • B.

      Urban land is used mostly for agriculture.

    • C.

      Urban land is useful for recycling nutrients to the soil.

    Correct Answer
    A. Urban land is more dense than rural land.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Urban land is more dense than rural land." This statement is true because urban areas tend to have a higher population density and are characterized by a larger concentration of buildings, infrastructure, and human activities. In contrast, rural areas have lower population densities and are characterized by more open spaces, agricultural land, and natural environments. The higher population density in urban areas leads to a higher concentration of buildings and a more compact land use pattern.

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