Social 8A (US) - Demo

The following is a sampling of questions from our Social 8A (US version) testbank.

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The population of the U.S. is approximately the same size as which of the following states?
  1. China
  2. Russia
  3. India
  4. Canada
The economic region whose primary economic activity is grain farming is the:
  1. Interior Plains
  2. Pacific Coastal Region
  3. Eastern Seaboard
  4. Appalachian Mountains

Examine the sources below to assist you in answering questions #14 and 15.

American Work Force (1991)

Industry Classifications A, B, and C, in that respective order, are:
  1. Primary Industry, Secondary Industry, Tertiary Industry
  2. Primary Industry, Tertiary Industry, Secondary Industry
  3. Secondary Industry, Tertiary, Primary Industry
  4. Secondary Industry, Primary Industry, Tertiary
Of the world's largest twenty cities, only two are found in the United States. These two cities are:
  1. Chicago and Miami
  2. Miami and New York
  3. New York and Los Angeles
  4. New York and Chicago

Use the following passage to answer questions # 51 to 53.

This region is known for its warm climate and tourist trade. It is located in the low latitudes and therefore can offer year round mild temperatures. This region is protected by the Appalachian Mountains and receives very little frost, thus enjoying a very long growing season. Thunderstorms are its main source of precipitation, although it is often hit with severe tropical storms and hurricanes in the fall.

It is very flat with much of the region lying below 100 meters above sea level. This flat land has many large swampy ares including the largest swamp in the United States - the Everglades.

The region referred to in the passage is the:
  1. Southeast Region
  2. Pacific Coast
  3. Appalachian Region
  4. Atlantic Region
The slowest flowing rivers on the continent are found in this area because of the lack of elevation required to give rivers speed. The North American region this is characteristic of, is:
  1. Pacific Coastal Region
  2. Interior Plains
  3. Appalachian Region
  4. Southeast Region
Which of the following seas or gulfs touch upon American land or territory?
  1. Bering Sea/Strait
  2. Baffin Bay
  3. Gulf of California
  4. Chesapeake Bay
The major geographic factor limiting industrial growth in Alaska is:
  1. harsh climate
  2. shortage of mineral resources
  3. unproductive soil
  4. lack of suitable port facilities
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.
Small aircraft transportation is MOST critical to the survival of towns situated in the:
  1. Appalachian Region
  2. Arctic Coastal Plain
  3. Gulf Coastal Plain
  4. Cordillera Region
When people move away from a country they_____________ and when they move to a country they _________ .
  1. emigrate, immigrate
  2. expatriate, immigrate
  3. immigrate, emigrate
  4. expatriate, emigrate

Use the following passage to answer question # 163.

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. Interior Plains region
  2. Gulf Coastal Plains region
  3. Manufacturing Core
  4. Atlantic/Appalachian region

Using the following passage determine the best answer for questions # 2 and 3.

This region consists of relatively flat land extending from the Rocky Mountains to the Manufacturing Core. The majority of the rivers flow southeast from the Rocky Mountains to the Gulf of Mexico.

This region experiences a wide range of temperatures throughout the year because of its continental climate. Temperatures can range from 40 degrees above 0 Celsius in the summer to 40 degrees below 0 Celsius in the winter. Short summers in northern areas are quickly replaced by long cold winters. The southern regions, given their latitude, will have warmer temperatures and shorter winters.

The region described above is known as the:
  1. Cordillera
  2. Prairie Provinces
  3. Interior Plains
  4. Canadian Shield

Examine the data below to assist you in answering questions #14 and 15.

  1. Central Time Zone
  2. Atlantic Time Zone
  3. Pacific Time Zone
  4. Mountain Time Zone
  5. Eastern Time Zone
The time zone where the largest block of Americans live is:
  1. I
  2. III
  3. IV
  4. V
Migratory agricultural workers are most often associated with which region of North America?
  1. Gulf Coastal Plain
  2. South East region
  3. Pacific Coast Region
  4. Manufacturing Core
The reason why fewer tertiary and quaternary activity takes place in the Interior Plains than on either coast is the:
  1. smaller market in the Interior Plains.
  2. reduced number of mineral resources in the Interior Plains.
  3. severe climate year-round in the Interior Plains
  4. the distance from transportation systems on the Interior Plains.

Examine the sources below detailing projects where man has harnessed the physical environment to better suit his needs before answering questions # 40 to 44.

Geographic Site A

Flooding was a severe problem in the Appalachian region given the fact that most of the trees and brushes were cut down in the 1800╣s to allow settlers to engage in agricultural activity. To offset the flooding problem a project to build more than 30 hydroelectric dams was carried out as part of Roosevelt╣s New Deal during the Depression. By slowing down the flow of the river in this valley, flooding was prevented. Further, cheap electricity was harnessed from these dams.

Geographic Site B

This large dam located on the Columbia River in a shared Canadian and American project provides irrigated water for the crops grown in the region. The dam backs up water creating a large man made lake, but more importantly provides hydroelectricity for people living in the region. These are many hydroelectric dams further down the river from this one. Besides yielding hydroelectric power, much of the water is diverted into irrigation projects allowing a variety of crops from apples, berries, grains and vegetables to be grown.

Geographic Site C

This key farming area is situated in an area which falls below sea level. The Colorado River has been diverted to allow water to reach this dry region. The irrigation creates one of the key vegetable and fruit growing areas in North America allowing for double cropping. Winter crops include vegetables like lettuce, carrots and tomatoes. Summer crops involves the growing of fruits such as oranges, grapefruits, grapes and dates.

Geographic Site A is the:
  1. Mica Dam
  2. Tennessee Valley Authority (T.V.A.)
  3. Imperial Valley
  4. Grand Coulee Dam
Geographic Site B is the:
  1. Mica Dam
  2. Tennessee Valley Authority (T.V.A.)
  3. Imperial Valley
  4. Grand Coulee Dam
Which of the groupings below represents states all situated in the │Midwestern▓ region?
  1. South Dakota, Ohio, Washington
  2. Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota
  3. Illinois, Connecticut, Indiana
  4. Kansas, New Mexico, Nebraska
Which of the following states is NOT situated south of the Mason and Dixon╣s Line?
  1. Wyoming
  2. Alabama
  3. Mississippi
  4. Tennessee

Examine the passage below before answering questions #110 and 111.

Oil is very important to this state, it is the second largest producing state in the American union. Indeed more than half of the state╣s income comes from oil taxes.

The state described in the passage above is:
  1. Texas
  2. Oklahoma
  3. Alaska
  4. Kansas

Examine the passage below before answering questions #6 and 7.

This state is situated on two continents. It once was part of the largest country on the globe being more than twice the size of any other nation-state. While it is still the largest nation on the world map, its earlier configuration is now divided into fifteen independent states. While these new states have an economic union, they are politically independent.

The nation or state referred to in the passage is:
  1. China
  2. United States
  3. Russia
  4. Australia
If you were using a map with a scale of 1: 100,000 and the distance between two towns is 5 cm., then the actual distance would be
  1. 50 km.
  2. 500,000 km.
  3. 5 km.
  4. 500 km.
Plateaus are:
  1. low, flat, gently rolling areas.
  2. fairly level pieces of land found well above sea level
  3. the highest and most rugged of land forms.
  4. lower and less rugged forms of mountains
Using an atlas to assist you, determine the site of the following location: 60âN., 90âE.
  1. Canada
  2. USSR
  3. Egypt
  4. India
To assist you in determining both distances between regions, as well as the type of resources a region has, one would look at the map:
  1. scale
  2. symbols
  3. cartography
  4. legend
Which of the following is characteristic of loam soil?
  1. the grains of soil are large enough to allow for air circulation and root development, yet small enough to not be easily leached.
  2. the grains of soil are too small to allow for air circulation or root development, yet small enough to not be easily leached.
  3. the grains of soil are too small to allow for air circulation or root development, yet large enough to be easily leached.
  4. the grains of soil are large enough to allow for air circulation and root development, yet large enough to be easily leached.
The U.S.A. has a higher population density than Canada. This means that:
  1. there are more people living in Canada than in the U.S.A.
  2. there are more people living in the U.S.A. than in Canada
  3. there are more people living per square kilometre in Canada than in the U.S.A
  4. there are more people living per square kilometre in the U.S.A. than in Canada
Which of the following is MORE characteristic of a marine climate than a contienntal climate?
  1. greater extremes in temperature
  2. warmer summers
  3. colder winters
  4. increased precipitation

The level of salinity in ocean water depends upon a number of factors. The first factor is the number of fresh water rivers and streams which empty into the ocean. Having a significant amount of inflow into the ocean reduces its salinity. The second, and more significant factor, is the amount of precipitation in the area. Salinity decreases with precipitation while a region with little precipitation would have very high salt content.

Using your knowledge about climate types, together with the information above, which of the climates located in a coastal area would likely have the lowest salinity?
  1. Arid Climate
  2. Savanna Climate
  3. Humid Continental Climate
  4. Highland Climate
Precipitation caused by water vapour cooling off as winds are forced to rise, as they attempt to get over a mountain system, is referred to as:
  1. orographic precipitation
  2. cyclonic or frontal precipitation
  3. convectional precipitation
  4. dew point precipitation

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