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The downtown of an American city, which is usually characterized by a square-grid layout, is called the:

Central business district

Geography is concerned with providing a spatial perspective on the world.


Which country is not located within one of the world's three largest population clusters:

United States

Water covers about _____ percent of the Earth's surface


The most widely distributed language family does not include:


Which water body is surrounded by a geologically-active Ring of Fire:

Pacific ocean

The area that surrounds and is served by a city is known as its:


The gradual reduction of regional contrasts resulting from increasing cultural, economic, political and other types of exchanges is known as:


This population cluster lies centered on China and includes the Pacific-facing Asian coastal zone from the Korean Peninsula to Vietnam.

East Asia

The large cluster of population in the northeastern United States is known as:


All regions possess all of the following except:


The Mediterranean island contested by both Greece and Turkey is:


_________ has gradually lost adherents since secularization gathered momentum in the late 1960s, especially in western Europe.


The country located on the Jutland Peninsula and the smallest state (in area) in Norden is:


From the end of World War II until 1990, Eastern Europe was dominated by the:

Soviet Union

Although the Po Plain has great agricultural advantages, what marks this lowland today is the greatest development of manufacturing in Mediterranean Europe.


Spain and the United Kingdom are in dispute over which piece of territory:


The major river in western Germany, which enters the North Sea through the Netherlands and which passes through the Ruhr is the:


Which of the following is not a state created by the breakup of former Yugoslavia?


_______ has been pulling through the global recession better than any other country in the realm.


A country's leading urban center that is disproportionately large and exceptionally expressive of national feelings, such as Paris is to France, is known as the country's:

Primate City

The capital and primate city of Greece is:


Persistently frozen ground is known as:


Czarina Catherine the Great's territorial acquisition thrust was aimed at:

the warm-water Black Sea

St. Petersburg:

was named Leningrad during Soviet times

__________ was responsible for consolidating Russia's gains in the early 1700s and in making a European-style state out of the loosely knit country.

Peter the Great

The Soviet planners called their system a ____________.


The coniferous forest vegetation on the equatorward side of the tundra is known as:


Russia's core area:

incorporates the Central Industrial Region, at the heart of which lies the city of Moscow

The USSR collapsed on Christmas Day in the year ___________.


The mountain chain in west-central Russia that is sometimes regarded as the "boundary" between Europe and Asia is known as the:


Most of the population of Russia is found in the:

western part of the country

The major mountain range located in the land corridor between the Black Sea and Caspian Sea is the:


The Great Lakes' main outlet to the sea is the:

St. Lawrence river

Canada's primate city is:

Canada doesn't have one

Technological breakthroughs now allow for the major exploitation of which of the following Albertan resources?

tar sands

Much of the economic growth of Texas is based on which commodity?


The Continental Core region of the United States is also known as the:

American Manufacturing Belt

The North Slope of Alaska contains large quantities of:


Most of the development in the Pacific Hinge region occurred:

After WWII

The Core Region metropolis that has gained the most from post industrialization is:

Washington D.C.

The transformation of raw materials into finished products is associated with the ____________ sector of a nation's economy.


Miami is the "Gateway to Latin America."


__________ is the second most populous US state.


A small strip of land connecting two larger bodies of land is called an isthmus.


The current population of Mexico is (aproximately) ________ million.


Which of the following countries is located within the culture hearth known as Mesoamerica?


Middle America's largest country today in terms of both area and population is:


Which of the following countries was formerly known as British Honduras?


To which country did Panama belong before its 1903 United States-supported revolution achieved independence?


Central America, as defined by geographers, is:

a region within Middle America lying between Mexico and Colombia

While other Central American countries were called banana republics, this country was a coffee republic:

El Salvador

Which of the following is located in the Greater Antilles?


Mestizos are persons who are of mixed ____________ heritage.

European and Amerindian

A maquiladora is:

a foreign-owned factory in northern and southern Mexico and Central America that assembles duty-free goods

Which of the following cities is not the largest urban center in its country?

Rio de Janeiro

Argentina's dominant city is:

Buenos Aires

Which of the following countries does not contain a portion of the Amazon Basin?


The disamenity sector of the Latin American city model includes:

slum areas known as barrios or favelas

The major river of Venezuela's iron-rich eastern region is the:


Almost ____ percent of South Americans live in urban areas.


Which of the following countries is landlocked?


Brazil attained independence from Portugal about 100 years after the rest of South America gained its independence from Spain.


In the Latin American city model, the elite residential sector contains the:

commercial/industrial spine

Chile's copper deposits are located closest to which of the following areas:

the Atacama Desert

The dominant economic activity in Venezuela's Lake Maracaibo Lowland is:

oil production

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