AP Human Geography Practice Exam #3

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AP Human Geography Quizzes & Trivia

The first two exams in our ongoing Human Geography quiz series treated you well, but do you have what it takes to pass AP Human Geography Practice Exam #3? Take the quiz and answer the following questions to ensure you’re on the right track with regards to your studies.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The word "geography" literally means
    • A. 

      The study of space

    • B. 

      Earth study

    • C. 

      People and nature

    • D. 

      Earth writing

    • E. 

      Human ground

  • 2. 
    New York City is divided into five ____, in order to better organize social services for millions of people.
    • A. 

      Counties

    • B. 

      Voting Precincts

    • C. 

      Town Councils

    • D. 

      School Districts

    • E. 

      Boroughs

  • 3. 
    In which of the following countries would you expect to find the highest rate of population growth?
    • A. 

      Canada

    • B. 

      Namibia

    • C. 

      Sweden

    • D. 

      Chile

    • E. 

      The U.S.

  • 4. 
    In distance decay models, the slope of the decay function illustrates
    • A. 

      The type of interaction

    • B. 

      The nature of the network

    • C. 

      The influence of "friction of distance"

    • D. 

      Topography

    • E. 

      Net dispersion

  • 5. 
    Which of the following projections places the Norht or South Pole at the center of the view?
    • A. 

      Azimuthal

    • B. 

      Choropleth

    • C. 

      Pole View

    • D. 

      Fuller's

    • E. 

      Mercator

  • 6. 
    Rap music first appeared in New York in the 1970s. Later, it spread to large cities with vibrant African-American populations- such as Los Angeles, Oakland, Chicago, and Detroit- without being absorbed by the smaller cities and rural areas in between. This type of spatial diffusion is called
    • A. 

      Relocation diffusion

    • B. 

      Hierarchial diffusion

    • C. 

      Contagious diffusion

    • D. 

      Cultural diffusion

    • E. 

      Indeterminent diffusion

  • 7. 
    Cartography is the art and science of
    • A. 

      Demographics

    • B. 

      Map-making

    • C. 

      Spatial orientation

    • D. 

      Cognitive imagery

    • E. 

      Spatial decision making

  • 8. 
    Which of the following is FALSE regarding slash-and-brun agriculture?
    • A. 

      It occurs mainly in tropical environments

    • B. 

      It is associated with deforestation in Brazil

    • C. 

      It is part of the Green Revolution

    • D. 

      It was practiced sustainably by indigenous people

    • E. 

      It is uncommon in the temperate latitudes

  • 9. 
    A population pyramid
    • A. 

      Shows the age and sex structure of a population

    • B. 

      Cannot be used to compare two different countries

    • C. 

      Demonstrates the demographic transition model

    • D. 

      Only accurately depicts declining populations

    • E. 

      Is most useful in illustrating social upheaval

  • 10. 
    The Pleistocene overkill theory argues that
    • A. 

      Hearths of early agriculture resulted from environmental conditions

    • B. 

      Geographers have overemphasized the importance of environmental conditions in human history

    • C. 

      Poor environmental management resulted in the ecological collapse of the fertile crescent

    • D. 

      Current human geography is not a product of the distant past

    • E. 

      Hunter-gatherers caused the extinction of many species after the end of the last ice age

  • 11. 
    In an adress to the 1994 United Nations International Conference on Population and Development, India argued that, although population growth has placed pressure on the world's natural resources, ______ by industrialized nations has also had extreme consequences for environmental quality.
    • A. 

      Fiscal policy

    • B. 

      Material consumption

    • C. 

      Tourism

    • D. 

      International aid

    • E. 

      Racism

  • 12. 
    Geographical research that applies to one place or region is
    • A. 

      Nonmothetic

    • B. 

      Dnominational

    • C. 

      Idiographic

    • D. 

      Nonscientific

    • E. 

      Cultural studies

  • 13. 
    Approximately how long did it take for Eurasian hunter-gatherers to reach the tip of South America after their initial arrival in Alaska?
    • A. 

      500 years

    • B. 

      2,000 years

    • C. 

      5,000 years

    • D. 

      20,000 years

    • E. 

      40,000 years

  • 14. 
    The demographic accounting equation computes future population as a function of current population:
    • A. 

      +births - infant mortality + cohort

    • B. 

      +births - deaths x life expectancy

    • C. 

      +births - deaths + immigration - emigration

    • D. 

      Births / deaths - immigration + emigration

    • E. 

      +immigration - emigration x demographic transition

  • 15. 
    Longitude is
    • A. 

      The angular distance north or south of the prime meridian

    • B. 

      The angular distance east or west of Greenwich, England

    • C. 

      The angular distance north or south of the equator

    • D. 

      Useful in determining relative location

    • E. 

      Useful in describing a place's situation

  • 16. 
    The idea that our impressions and experiences of the world around us are filtered through the lens of our culture and our individual experiences, which critiques the sort of scientific, universalist grad theories offered by modernists is called
    • A. 

      Postmodernism

    • B. 

      Ecofeminism

    • C. 

      Consumptionism

    • D. 

      Reductionism

    • E. 

      Possitivism

  • 17. 
    The religious practices of some Native American groups combine elements both from their traditional religion and from Christianity. This is an example of
    • A. 

      A cultural complex

    • B. 

      A cultural confluence

    • C. 

      A counter culture

    • D. 

      A diametric culture

    • E. 

      A cultural syncretism

  • 18. 
    The demographic transition model posits that
    • A. 

      Advanced industrialized countires will have rapid population growth

    • B. 

      Pre-industrial states will have both low birth and death rates

    • C. 

      Countries with high levels of economic production will have lower birth rates

    • D. 

      Underdeveloped countries cannot become developed

    • E. 

      Time is the dominant force behind population change

  • 19. 
    One important consequence of cultural extinction is
    • A. 

      Decreasing population

    • B. 

      Increased poverty in peripheral regions

    • C. 

      Loss of genetic diversity

    • D. 

      Loss of indigenous knowledge about ecosystems

    • E. 

      Increasing populations

  • 20. 
    _____ maps work well for locating and navigating between places, while ____ maps display one or more variables across a specific space.
    • A. 

      Reference...thematic

    • B. 

      Thematic...reference

    • C. 

      Spatial...cartographic

    • D. 

      Cartographic...spatial

    • E. 

      Topologic...choropleth

  • 21. 
    Which of the following religions originated in northern India and then spread across central and southeast Asia, Indonesia, and Japan?
    • A. 

      Hinduism

    • B. 

      Buddhism

    • C. 

      Islam

    • D. 

      Taoism

    • E. 

      Judaism

  • 22. 
    States with federal forms of governemnt must also have
    • A. 

      Territorial organization

    • B. 

      Facist regimes

    • C. 

      Social- democacies

    • D. 

      Proportional representation

    • E. 

      Congressional oversight

  • 23. 
    In the world systems model, the dore nations of the world are
    • A. 

      Situated in the present-day Middle East

    • B. 

      Located in the prodperous southern continents

    • C. 

      Located mainly in Europe and North America

    • D. 

      Located in the former Soviet republics

    • E. 

      Located in the heartland, not rimland

  • 24. 
    The study of the interaction between human cultures and natural ecosystems is called
    • A. 

      Cultural ecology

    • B. 

      Semiotics

    • C. 

      Cognitive science

    • D. 

      Linguistics

    • E. 

      Sociobiology

  • 25. 
    Which of the following is NOT a potential cause of Balkanization
    • A. 

      Ethnic divisions

    • B. 

      Varying levels of economic development within a country

    • C. 

      External pressure

    • D. 

      Centripetal forces

    • E. 

      A strong central government