AP Human Geography Practice Test

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AP Human Geography Practice Test

A practice test for the AP human geography test. Shorten version. 18 questions


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    As an academic discipline, geography is principally concerned with the
    • A. 

      Nature and meaning of place names

    • B. 

      Impact of the environment on human understandings and activities

    • C. 

      Evolving character and spatial organization of Earth’s surface

    • D. 

      Absolute location of places, peoples, and processes on Earth’s surface

    • E. 

      Construction of maps that depict places, peoples, and processes as accurately as possible

  • 2. 
    Thomas Malthus based his work on population on which of the following premises? 
    • A. 

      Both food production and population increase arithmetically

    • B. 

      Food production increases arithmetically and population increases exponentially

    • C. 

      Both food production and population increase exponentially

    • D. 

      Food production increases exponentially and population increases arithmetically .

    • E. 

      Food production increases arithmetically and population remains stable

  • 3. 
    Of the following, which region contains the smallest percentage of the world’s population? 
    • A. 

      The Southern Hemisphere

    • B. 

      The Northern Hemisphere

    • C. 

      The Eastern Hemisphere

    • D. 

      Coastal areas of the world within 160 kilometers (100 miles) of ocean

    • E. 

      Areas of the world lying lower than 150 meters (500 feet) above sea level

  • 4. 
    In 2005 the United States and Canada had a higher crude death rate than Mexico because they
    • A. 

      Are larger countries

    • B. 

      received more immigrants

    • C. 

      Had more elderly people

    • D. 

      Had a higher standard of living

    • E. 

      Spend more on health care

  • 5. 
    Place names that refer to saints are most common in which of the following North American regions?
    • A. 

      Louisiana and New England

    • B. 

      California and British Columbia

    • C. 

      Ontario and Utah

    • D. 

      Nova Scotia and the United States Midwest

    • E. 

      Quebec and the United States Southwest

  • 6. 
    All or nearly all of the population of the shaded land region on the map above avoid which of the following foods? 
    • A. 

      Beef

    • B. 

      Poultry

    • C. 

      Pork

    • D. 

      Corn

    • E. 

      Rice

  • 7. 
    Which of the following refers to the study of the relationship between the physical environment and culture?
    • A. 

      Central place theory

    • B. 

      Ecosystem analysis

    • C. 

      Culture history

    • D. 

      Cultural ecology

    • E. 

      Polytheism

  • 8. 
    Which of the following peoples can be described as a stateless nation? 
    • A. 

      Kurds

    • B. 

      Thais

    • C. 

      Jews

    • D. 

      Samoans

    • E. 

      Albanians

  • 9. 
    Gerrymandering adjusts voting district boundaries in order to
    • A. 

      Ensure that all districts are of similar size and shape

    • B. 

      Benefit the interest of one political party of group

    • C. 

      Create districts that coincide with municipal service-district boundaries

    • D. 

      Allow those living in one state to vote on issues raised in another state

    • E. 

      Equalize the burden of paying poll taxes across different ethnic groups

  • 10. 
    Which of the following pieces of national territory could NOT have been classified as an exclave?
    • A. 

      East Pakistan in 1947

    • B. 

      West Berlin in 1970

    • C. 

      Singapore in 1985

    • D. 

      Alaska in 1992

    • E. 

      Kaliningrad in 1996

  • 11. 
    The dots in the map below illustrate the distribution of
    • A. 

      Cattle

    • B. 

      Cotton

    • C. 

      Rice

    • D. 

      Tobacco

    • E. 

      Sheep

  • 12. 
    Within the framework of central place theory, which of the following provides the lowest-order good or service? 
    • A. 

      A furniture store

    • B. 

      An orthodontist

    • C. 

      A gas station

    • D. 

      A jewelry store

    • E. 

      A professional football stadium

  • 13. 
    The Green Revolution refers to
    • A. 

      The environmental politics of Greenpeace

    • B. 

      hybrid crops introduced to promote agricultural development

    • C. 

      A fundamentalist Islamic political movement

    • D. 

      Efforts to provide parks and open space around industrial cities

    • E. 

      The development of garden cities

  • 14. 
    As a country’s economy develops, a smaller percentage of the workforce tends to be employed in
    • A. 

      Agriculture, because industrialization decreases the value of rural land

    • B. 

      Agriculture, because investment in technology increases yields and decreases labor demand

    • C. 

      industry, because the profit from extracting natural resources increases

    • D. 

      Industry, because productivity increases as labor costs rise

    • E. 

      Services, because technology increases efficiency in the provision of services

  • 15. 
    The world’s major manufacturing regions include all of the following EXCEPT 
    • A. 

      The Rhine-Ruhr Corridor

    • B. 

      Northern Italy

    • C. 

      The Tokyo Plain

    • D. 

      The Volga River Valley

    • E. 

      The Connecticut Valley

  • 16. 
    Edge cities have been described as the “tenements of the information age” because these cities have
    • A. 

      Poorly constructed and inexpensive housing

    • B. 

      Many high-density townhouse developments designed for people working in nearby office buildings

    • C. 

      sprung up in old abandoned industrial zones

    • D. 

      Populations made up mostly of recent immigrants

    • E. 

      Inadequate parking

  • 17. 
    Which of the following are basic and nonbasic functions, respectively
    • A. 

      A barber shop and a grocery store

    • B. 

      A car manufacturing plant and a tire manufacturing plant

    • C. 

      A steel mill and a grocery store

    • D. 

      A pizza parlor and a tire manufacturing plant

    • E. 

      A university and a military base

  • 18. 
    The sector model of city structure assumes that typical spatial behavior involves people commuting primarily 
    • A. 

      around the outer belt

    • B. 

      In and out of downtown

    • C. 

      Within downtown

    • D. 

      Within neighborhoods

    • E. 

      Between adjacent cities

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