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So, we have brought here for you an AP human geography quiz to check your knowledge of geography. Advanced Placement Human Geography, known as APHG in short, is a course that introduces students to the systematic study of patterns and various processes that have helped shape human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth's surface. So, these are some questions if you want to test, practice, and improve your knowledge in AP human geography. All the best!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Balkanization refers to

    • A.

      The creation of nation-states in southeastern Europe

    • B.

      The breakdown of a state due to conflicts among nationalities

    • C.

      A small geographic area that cannot successfully be organized into states

    • D.

      Ethnic cleansing

    • E.

      Religions splintering into opposing groups

    Correct Answer
    B. The breakdown of a state due to conflicts among nationalities
    Explanation
    Balkanization refers to the fragmentation or disintegration of a state into smaller, often hostile, entities as a result of conflicts among different national or ethnic groups within that state. This process is typically characterized by the formation of new nation-states or the establishment of autonomous regions based on ethnic or national identities. It often involves territorial disputes, violence, and the creation of new borders. Balkanization has been observed in southeastern Europe, particularly in the Balkan Peninsula, where numerous conflicts and the subsequent breakup of Yugoslavia in the 1990s serve as prominent examples.

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  • 2. 

    By interpreting this map, we surmise that in the African American population

    • A.

      In Illinois, nearly all are distributed in the southern part of the state.

    • B.

      In Florida, there is more concentration in the western part of the state.

    • C.

      In California, there is more of a concentration in the northern part of the state.

    • D.

      In Arkansas, there is more of a concentration in the southern part of the state.

    • E.

      In Nevada, there are roughly equal concentrations in the northern and southern parts of the state.

    Correct Answer
    D. In Arkansas, there is more of a concentration in the southern part of the state.
    Explanation
    The map suggests that in Arkansas, the African American population is more concentrated in the southern part of the state.

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  • 3. 

    This map indicates that in Los Angeles, Asian Americans are mainly concentrated

    • A.

      In the southeast

    • B.

      In the northeast

    • C.

      In the approximate geographic center

    • D.

      In a contiguous line from the northeast to the southeast

    • E.

      In an inverted pattern from west to east

    Correct Answer
    B. In the northeast
    Explanation
    The map indicates that in Los Angeles, Asian Americans are mainly concentrated in the northeast. This means that the highest population of Asian Americans in the city can be found in the northeastern region.

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  • 4. 

    This map indicates that in Los Angeles, African Americans are mainly concentrated

    • A.

      In the northeast

    • B.

      Near the geographic center of the urban area

    • C.

      In a contiguous line from the northeast to the southeast

    • D.

      In an inverted pattern from west to east

    • E.

      In the southeast

    Correct Answer
    B. Near the geographic center of the urban area
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Near the geographic center of the urban area." This can be inferred from the statement that the map indicates African Americans are mainly concentrated in this location.

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  • 5. 

    African Americans migrated out of the U.S. South partly as a consequence of

    • A.

      The removal of travel visa requirements for people of color

    • B.

      Increased farm mechanization leading to a decreased demand for farm labor

    • C.

      The development of better airports allowing for rapid and efficient travel

    • D.

      Increasing opportunities to work in northern coal mines and the California gold rush

    • E.

      The growth of agriculture in the U.S. North

    Correct Answer
    B. Increased farm mechanization leading to a decreased demand for farm labor
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Increased farm mechanization leading to a decreased demand for farm labor." This answer suggests that African Americans migrated out of the U.S. South because the use of farm machinery increased, resulting in less demand for manual labor on farms. As a result, African Americans sought opportunities in other regions where there were more job prospects, such as in northern coal mines and during the California gold rush.

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  • 6. 

    From 1910 to 1950, the population density of African Americans in ghettos

    • A.

      Increased

    • B.

      Remained the same

    • C.

      Decreased

    • D.

      Briefly increased before decreasing

    • E.

      Fluctuated

    Correct Answer
    A. Increased
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Increased." This means that from 1910 to 1950, the population density of African Americans in ghettos grew. This suggests that more African Americans were living in these segregated neighborhoods during this time period, indicating a rise in racial segregation and inequality.

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  • 7. 

    Which of the following does the United States Census Bureau not consider a race?

    • A.

      Japanese

    • B.

      Black

    • C.

      Hispanic/Latino

    • D.

      White

    • E.

      Samoan

    Correct Answer
    C. Hispanic/Latino
    Explanation
    The United States Census Bureau does not consider Hispanic/Latino as a race because it is an ethnic category rather than a racial category. The Census Bureau recognizes Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic origin that can be associated with any race. Therefore, individuals of Hispanic/Latino ethnicity can identify as White, Black, Asian, or any other race.

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  • 8. 

    The "separate but equal" doctrine in the United States was legally established by

    • A.

      Individual states

    • B.

      Plessy v. Ferguson

    • C.

      Brown v. Board of Education

    • D.

      The Missouri Compromise

    • E.

      The fourteenth amendment to the Constitution

    Correct Answer
    B. Plessy v. Ferguson
    Explanation
    Plessy v. Ferguson is the correct answer because this Supreme Court case in 1896 established the "separate but equal" doctrine in the United States. The case involved Homer Plessy, an African American man who was arrested for sitting in a whites-only train car. The Supreme Court ruled that racial segregation was constitutional as long as the separate facilities were equal in quality, leading to the legalization of segregation and the Jim Crow era in the United States.

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  • 9. 

    The map indicates that in the former Yugoslavia, at least five different languages were commonly spoken.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The map provided shows that in the former Yugoslavia, there are at least five different languages spoken. This suggests that there is linguistic diversity within the region, supporting the statement that at least five different languages were commonly spoken in the former Yugoslavia.

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  • 10. 

    The Brown v. Board of Education court decision ruled that

    • A.

      Separate schools for blacks and whites were unconstitutional.

    • B.

      "White flight" was morally wrong and should be curtailed.

    • C.

      Discriminatory lending practices and restrictive covenants were unconstitutional.

    • D.

      Separate facilities for blacks and whites were acceptable so long as they were of the same quality.

    • E.

      Separate schools for blacks and whites were constitutional but separate drinking fountains were unconstitutional.

    Correct Answer
    A. Separate schools for blacks and whites were unconstitutional.
    Explanation
    The Brown v. Board of Education court decision ruled that separate schools for blacks and whites were unconstitutional. This landmark case in 1954 declared that racial segregation in public schools violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The decision overturned the "separate but equal" doctrine established in Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) and marked a significant step towards desegregation and equal educational opportunities for all races.

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  • 11. 

    The most populous ethnic group in the United States is

    • A.

      African-Americans

    • B.

      Asian-Americans

    • C.

      Latinos/Hispanics

    • D.

      American-Indians and Alaska Natives

    • E.

      Austral-Asians

    Correct Answer
    C. Latinos/Hispanics
    Explanation
    Latinos/Hispanics are the most populous ethnic group in the United States. This is supported by various demographic studies and census data. The Latino/Hispanic population in the United States has been steadily growing over the years, primarily due to immigration from Latin American countries. They now make up a significant portion of the US population and have a strong cultural and social influence in the country.

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  • 12. 

    The second most populous ethnic group in the United States is

    • A.

      Latinos/Hispanics

    • B.

      Asian-Americans

    • C.

      African-Americans

    • D.

      American-Indians and Alaska Natives

    • E.

      Austral-Asians

    Correct Answer
    C. African-Americans
    Explanation
    African-Americans are the second most populous ethnic group in the United States. This is due to the history of slavery and the forced migration of Africans to the United States during the colonial period. African-Americans have had a significant impact on American culture, politics, and society, and their population continues to grow.

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  • 13. 

    An examination of the distribution of ethnicities in the United States reveals

    • A.

      Ethnicities are not often clustered in urban areas.

    • B.

      Different ethnicities cluster in each U.S. region.

    • C.

      Ethnic neighborhoods contain a heterogeneous mix of ethnicities, even in cities that were once known for their patterns of segregation.

    • D.

      Segregation and exclusion are a thing of the past for nearly all U.S. ethnic groups.

    • E.

      Ethnic groups tend to cluster in urban areas and in different U.S. regions.

    Correct Answer
    E. Ethnic groups tend to cluster in urban areas and in different U.S. regions.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is that ethnic groups tend to cluster in urban areas and in different U.S. regions. This means that ethnicities are not often clustered in urban areas, but rather they are spread out across different regions of the United States. This suggests that there is diversity and dispersion of ethnicities throughout the country, rather than concentrated in specific areas. It also implies that ethnic neighborhoods in cities are not necessarily homogeneous, but rather contain a mix of different ethnicities. This answer contradicts the idea that segregation and exclusion are a thing of the past for all U.S. ethnic groups.

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  • 14. 

    The largest Hispanic/Latino groups in the United States are from which two countries?

    • A.

      Guatemala and Mexico

    • B.

      Cuba and Mexico

    • C.

      Puerto Rico and Mexico

    • D.

      Puerto Rico and Cuba

    • E.

      Dominican Republic and Cuba

    Correct Answer
    C. Puerto Rico and Mexico
    Explanation
    The largest Hispanic/Latino groups in the United States are from Puerto Rico and Mexico. Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States, and its residents are considered U.S. citizens. Many Puerto Ricans have migrated to the mainland U.S. in search of better opportunities. Mexico, on the other hand, shares a border with the U.S. and has a long history of migration to the country. Both Puerto Rico and Mexico have large populations in the United States, contributing to their status as the largest Hispanic/Latino groups.

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  • 15. 

    The largest numbers of Asian Americans are descended from immigrants from

    • A.

      Vietnam

    • B.

      Japan

    • C.

      China

    • D.

      The Philippines

    • E.

      Korea

    Correct Answer
    C. China
    Explanation
    The largest numbers of Asian Americans are descended from immigrants from China because China has historically been one of the largest sources of Asian immigration to the United States. The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 restricted Chinese immigration, but after its repeal in 1943, Chinese immigration increased again. Chinese immigrants have contributed significantly to the cultural, economic, and social fabric of the United States, making them one of the largest Asian American groups in the country.

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  • 16. 

    A nationality is

    • A.

      A group of people tied to a place through legal status and tradition

    • B.

      A country

    • C.

      Ethnic identity

    • D.

      Any cohesive group of people

    • E.

      Any group with shared religion, language, and origin of birth

    Correct Answer
    A. A group of people tied to a place through legal status and tradition
    Explanation
    The correct answer is a group of people tied to a place through legal status and tradition. This definition of nationality refers to individuals who are legally recognized as belonging to a specific country or nation, and who also share common traditions and customs associated with that place. Nationality is often determined by factors such as citizenship, birthright, or legal documentation, and it helps to establish a person's legal rights, obligations, and privileges within a specific country.

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  • 17. 

    President Barack Obama is a good example of the

    • A.

      Complexity of ethnic identity in the United States

    • B.

      Confusion over ethnicity and race in Kenya

    • C.

      Natural and biological basis for classifying humans

    • D.

      Complexity of Asian American identity in the United States

    • E.

      Principle of the distribution of persons of color

    Correct Answer
    A. Complexity of ethnic identity in the United States
    Explanation
    President Barack Obama is a good example of the complexity of ethnic identity in the United States. As a biracial individual with a Kenyan father and a white American mother, Obama's background represents the diverse and multifaceted nature of ethnic identity in the country. His presidency sparked discussions and debates about race, ethnicity, and identity, highlighting the complexities and nuances that individuals experience when navigating their ethnic backgrounds in a diverse society like the United States.

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  • 18. 

    Loyalty and devotion to a state that represents a particular group's culture is

    • A.

      Nationalism

    • B.

      Nation-state

    • C.

      Nation

    • D.

      State

    • E.

      Multiculturalism

    Correct Answer
    A. Nationalism
    Explanation
    Nationalism refers to the loyalty and devotion that individuals have towards a state that represents a particular group's culture. It is the belief in the superiority and preservation of one's own nation, often accompanied by a sense of pride and patriotism. Nationalism can lead to the formation of nation-states, which are political entities that align with a specific cultural group. This concept differs from a nation, which refers to a group of people who share common characteristics such as language, history, and traditions. Multiculturalism, on the other hand, emphasizes the coexistence and acceptance of diverse cultures within a society.

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  • 19. 

    An example of a nationality might be

    • A.

      A group of Cherokee Indians living on a reservation.

    • B.

      A group of Ojibwa Indians touring around Europe.

    • C.

      A number of Cherokee students living in diverse cities around North America.

    • D.

      The Nazi Party within Germany in the 1930s.

    • E.

      A group of Methodist preachers who are now living in various Southern states.

    Correct Answer
    A. A group of Cherokee Indians living on a reservation.
    Explanation
    The given correct answer is "A group of Cherokee Indians living on a reservation." This answer fits the definition of a nationality as it refers to a specific group of people, the Cherokee Indians, who share a common cultural and historical background. The fact that they are living on a reservation further emphasizes their distinct identity as a separate nationality within a larger country.

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  • 20. 

    The map indicates that in Lebanon, the ethnic groups that adhere to the Druze religion are mainly clustered in the southern half of the country.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The map shows that the Druze religious group in Lebanon is concentrated in the southern region of the country. This suggests that the statement is true, as it aligns with the information provided by the map.

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  • 21. 

    By evaluating this map, we can surmise that the Asian American population in Texas is

    • A.

      Fairly evenly dispersed in the state's rural communities.

    • B.

      More concentrated in the northern part of the state.

    • C.

      More concentrated in the urban areas in the northwest and southwest.

    • D.

      More concentrated in the urban areas in the northeast and southeast.

    • E.

      Migrating to other states such as California.

    Correct Answer
    D. More concentrated in the urban areas in the northeast and southeast.
    Explanation
    Based on the information provided, the correct answer can be inferred by evaluating the map. The map likely shows the distribution of the Asian American population in Texas. It suggests that the Asian American population is more concentrated in the urban areas in the northeast and southeast of the state. This conclusion can be drawn by comparing the distribution in these areas to the other options mentioned, such as being fairly evenly dispersed in rural communities or more concentrated in the northern or northwest and southwest areas. The mention of migration to other states such as California is not supported by the given information.

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  • 22. 

    According to this map, the Kurds are likely

    • A.

      In a new country created for them between Iraq, Iran, and Turkey

    • B.

      Located in the Balkans.

    • C.

      Clustered completely in Iraq.

    • D.

      Divided among Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Iran.

    • E.

      Divided among Iraq, Iran, and Syria.

    Correct Answer
    D. Divided among Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Iran.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Divided among Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Iran." This answer is supported by the information given in the question, which states that the Kurds are likely divided among these four countries. It implies that the Kurdish population is spread across these nations rather than being concentrated in a single country or region.

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  • 23. 

    The map indicates that in Lebanon, members of the Maronite ethnic group, who are mostly Christians, are clustered mainly in the center of the country.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The map shows that the Maronite ethnic group in Lebanon is concentrated in the central part of the country. This suggests that the majority of Maronites, who are predominantly Christians, live in this region. Therefore, the statement is true.

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  • 24. 

    The map indicates that in Sri Lanka, the Moors are clustered mainly along the western coast.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The map indicates that in Sri Lanka, the Moors are not clustered mainly along the western coast.

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  • 25. 

    By interpreting this map, we can surmise that in the Hispanic population

    • A.

      Hardly any live in the northwestern United States.

    • B.

      In Florida, there is more concentration in the northern part of the state.

    • C.

      In California, there is more concentration in the northern part of the state.

    • D.

      In Idaho, there is more concentration in the southern part of the state.

    • E.

      In Idaho, there are roughly equal concentrations in the northern and southern parts of the state.

    Correct Answer
    D. In Idaho, there is more concentration in the southern part of the state.
    Explanation
    The map suggests that in Idaho, there is a higher concentration of the Hispanic population in the southern part of the state. This can be inferred from the statement that "In Idaho, there is more concentration in the southern part of the state." The map likely shows a visual representation of the distribution of the Hispanic population across different regions, indicating that the southern part of Idaho has a larger Hispanic population compared to the northern part.

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