Social 8A - Demo

The following is a sampling of questions from our Social 8A testbank.


The special physical and human characteristics of a location BEST defines the geographical concept of
  1. interaction
  2. place
  3. region
  4. movement
Which of the following is an example of a human region?
  1. political regions
  2. topography regions
  3. climatic regions
  4. vegetation regions
The vegetation zone characterized by short shrubs, lichens, and mosses because of the thin soil and the extremely short growing season found in the region, is the:
  1. Tundra vegetation zone.
  2. Coniferous Forest Zone
  3. Temperate Grassland zone
  4. Deciduous Forest zone
The type of vegetation found in areas where there is heavy rainfall, resulting in the "leeching" of nutrients, is:
  1. Tundra vegetation
  2. Coniferous Forest
  3. Temperate Grassland
  4. Deciduous Forest

Using the following diagram determine the best answer for questions # 91 and 92.

Precipitation is higher on the windward side of the mountains because:
  1. cool air cannot hold moisture
  2. warm air cannot hold moisture
  3. it snows at higher elevation
  4. winds blow from the east
This type of weather pattern is commonly found in which physical region of North America?
  1. Gulf Coastal Plain
  2. Southeast
  3. Far North
  4. Cordillera

Examine the sources below before answering questions # 103 to 106.

Source One

Rock Formations

Rock is formed through one of three processes. The first way in which rock is created is from the release of molten rock, called magma, from the earth's core, reaching the earth's surface. When the magma cools, it creates "igneous rocks". These rocks are extremely hard.

A second type of rock is created by igneous rocks being worn down and weathered by wind, water or glaciation. The pieces of weathered rock are deposited by rivers to low spots found elsewhere on the continent. As the sediment hardens, it form "sedimentary rock". This rock is quite soft; limestone and sandstone are examples of sedimentary rock.

The final manner in which rocks are formed is by having sedimentary or igneous rocks subjected to sudden stresses, like being placed under a heavier rock formation or the strain of being heated by a volcano. The pressure of weight, or the exposure to heat, will harden the existing igneous or sedimentary rock into metamorphic rock. These rocks, altered from their original form by tremendous heat or pressure, are transformed into rocks of incredible strength. These rocks often form the most stable portion of the earth's crust.

Source Two

Location A is situated at the mouth of a major river. The river in question travels from a faraway mountain range to the lower elevation found at Location A. This area is extremely fertile, hence the major economic activity practised here is agriculture.

Location B is the site of a very young mountain chain, which has a most rugged terrain. Besides tourism, the other major economic activity found here is mining.

Location C is situated near a volcano which has laid dormant for almost a century. The rocks in this location are interesting in that there is a combination of soft sandstone and limestone structures in some areas and then hard crystallized rock in other areas.

The "original" rock, the first rock to form the earth's crust, was probably:
  1. igneous rock
  2. sedimentary rock
  3. metamorphic rock
  4. sedimentary and metamorphic rock
The type of rock found at the base of Location A is:
  1. igneous rock
  2. sedimentary rock
  3. metamorphic rock
  4. sedimentary and metamorphic rock

Examine the following table to assist you in answering questions # 116 to 119.

Vegetation Regions Climate Regions
I.Coniferous Forest I.Humid Sub-Tropical
II.TundraII.Humid Continental
III.Mixed ForestIII.Desert (Arid)
IV.Tropical Rain ForestIV.Savanna

Moving from the highest northern latitude towards the equator, which of following shows the order location in which the vegetation zones listed above are found on the planet?
  1. I, II, IV, III
  2. I, III, II, IV
  3. II, I, IV, III
  4. II, I, III, IV
Moving from the North Pole towards the south, which of following shows the sequential location of the climate regions listed above?
  1. II, I, IV, III
  2. II, I, III, IV
  3. II, III, I, IV
  4. II, III, IV, I


Use the following passage to answer question # 7.

When compared to most other regions in Canada and the United States, this region has little secondary industry. It does, however, rely greatly on its fish processing industry. Unemployment in this region is higher than the national average. Many people emigrate from this region to other parts of North America in search of employment.

The region described in the reading is the:
  1. Prairie Provinces
  2. Atlantic
  3. Manufacturing Core
  4. Pacific Coast
The physical regions where a significant amount of mining takes place are the:
  1. Rocky Mountains and Appalachian region.
  2. Interior Plains and Pacific Coastal Plain.
  3. Southeastern region and Gulf Coastal Plain.
  4. Manufacturing Core and Interior Plains.

Using the following chart determine the best answer for questions # 63 and 64.

Population Density of Canadian Provinces in 1991 (per square kilometre)
British Columbia3.5 per sq km
Alberta3.8 per sq km
Saskatchewan1.5 per sq km
Manitoba1.7 per sq km
Ontario9.4 per sq km
Quebec4.5 per sq km
New Brunswick9.9 per sq km
Prince Edward Isle22.9 per sq km
Nova Scotia16.2 per sq km
Newfoundland1.5 per sq km

Source: Statistics Canada

Prince Edward Island has the highest population density of all the provinces. This means that P.E.I.:
  1. has the lowest population per square kilometre of land than any other province.
  2. has the largest population and the largest land area in Canada.
  3. has the highest population, but not the largest land area.
  4. has more people per square kilometre of land than any other province.
Based upon personal knowledge, the region which appears to be more heavily populated than its actual population size is:
  1. the Pacific coast province.
  2. the Atlantic coast provinces.
  3. the Prairie provinces.
  4. St. Lawrence Lowlands region.
The factor MOST responsible for creating the type of climate found in the Interior Plains is the:
  1. latitudinal location.
  2. altitudinal location.
  3. distance from the ocean.
  4. proximity to a mountain range.
The North American climate region which is hot year-round, given its low latitude, with large amounts of rainfall is the:
  1. Gulf Coastal Plain
  2. Interior Plains
  3. Pacific Coastal Plain
  4. Eastern Seaboard

Examine the passage below before answering questions # 154 and 155.

Grassland regions tend to exhibit one of two types of grassland. Where there is sufficient precipitation, grass is tall and mixed with clusters of scattered trees. This is "Grassland Type A". Where precipitation is limited, grass is short and trees are limited, generally brush is found only in river valleys where water is available. This is "Grassland Type B".

Grassland Type A and Grassland Type B respectfully are referred to as:
  1. Tundra, Taiga
  2. Park land, Steppe
  3. Taiga, Steppe
  4. Taiga, Tundra


Permafrost is present in which of the following physical regions?
  1. Appalachian Region
  2. Arctic Coastal Plain
  3. Gulf Coastal Plain
  4. Cordillera Region

Using the following passage determine the best answer for questions # 2 to 6.

This region consists of relatively flat land extending from the Rocky Mountains to the Canadian Shield. The majority of the rivers flow from the Rocky Mountains towards the Arctic Ocean or the Hudson Bay.

This region experiences a wide range of temperatures throughout the year because of its continental climate. Temperatures can range from 40oC in the summer to - 40oC in the winter. Short summers are quickly replaced by long cold winters. The southern part of Alberta will occasionally experiences a welcome relief from cold winter temperatures by the warm arrival of a chinook.

The region described above is known as the:
  1. Cordillera
  2. Prairie Provinces
  3. Interior Plains
  4. Canadian Shield
Each of the following are characteristic of the Interior Plains region except one. Choose the EXCEPTION.
  1. The terrain in this area is essentially flat grassland which drops in elevation as you move from west to east.
  2. Grain, corn and cotton are grown in this region as you move from north to south.
  3. Secondary economic activities are the key economic sector found in this region.
  4. Limited precipitation and extremes in temperature are typical of this region.
Which of the regions below would practice the most "dry land farming" techniques?
  1. Interior Plains and Manufacturing Core regions.
  2. Manufacturing Core and Cordillera regions.
  3. Cordillera and Interior Plains regions.
  4. Pacific Coast and Gulf Coastal Plain regions.

Examine the sources below before answering questions # 56 to 62.

Major Land form Soil Type Vegetation Climate
A.Rocky MountainsMountainMountainMountain
B.Gulf Coastal PlainRed-YellowBorealHumid Continental
Podzoilic-latoslicForestHot Summer
C.Great BasinDesert SoilDeciduousSemi-Arid and
ForestArid combined
D.AppalachianChernozemDeciduousHumid Continental
MountainsForestWarm Summer
E.Pacific CoastalGrey-BrownConiferous-Marine/

The order in which one finds the physical regions above moving from east to west latitudinal locations is:
  1. B, D, C, A, E
  2. B, D, A, C, E
  3. D, B, C, A, E
  4. D, B, C, E, A
The region which has its soil incorrectly represented is:
  1. Physical Region B
  2. Physical Region C
  3. Physical Region D
  4. Physical region E
To receive their supplies many people in Labrador and the Canadian Northlands rely on:
  1. railways
  2. roads
  3. water transportations
  4. air travel
Which of the following does NOT belong with the others?
  1. Anticosti Island
  2. Baffin Island
  3. Victoria Island
  4. Melville Island
The participation rates of North America workers from area of greatest participation to least involvement is:
  1. primary industry, quaternary industry, tertiary industry, secondary industry.
  2. secondary industry, tertiary industry, quaternary industry, primary industry.
  3. tertiary industry, secondary industry, quaternary industry, primary industry.
  4. quaternary industry, tertiary industry, secondary industry, primary industry.

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