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Political Geography

Multiple Choice Quiz



1

The 1990 Iraqi invasion of Kuwait resulted in part from what type of boundary dispute?
A)military
B)positional
C)resource
D)territorial
2

Countries comprised mostly or exclusively of islands are classified by political geographers as:
A)compact
B)fragmented
C)elongated
D)prorupt
3

The fact that Illinois has over 6,000 local government units ranging from counties to special purpose sewer districts is an example of:
A)political fragmentation
B)metro-government
C)gerrymandering
D)proportional representation
4

The 49th Parallel separating Canada from the United States across much of western North America is classified as what type of boundary?
A)artificial or geometric
B)ethnographic
C)natural
D)subsequent
5

With respect to regional alliances:
A)in the developing world they tend to be formed among countries which share the same former colonial master
B)their formation often stimulates the creation of alliances by countries left out of another alliance
C)there is no tendency for them to be contiguous to each other
D)they almost always occur among countries with homogeneous economies
6

Gerrymandering is:
A)a form of reapportionment occasioned by shifts in population
B)the formation of unified government services
C)the cessation of a segregated school system
D)a form of reapportionment which favors a political party
7

Among the social institutions that promote nationalism, the three most important are:
A)schools, the family and political parties
B)schools, armed forces and state church
C)the family, athletics and political parties
D)the military, state religion and political parties
8

Which of the following does not operate under the auspices of the United Nations?
A)World Health Organization (WHO)
B)Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
C)World Trade Organization (WTO)
D)North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
9

An example of a part-nation state is the:
A)Arab nation
B)Basque nation
C)Kurds
D)Ukrainians
10

Exclusive economic zones recognized under the Law of the Sea Convention extend outward from coasts by:
A)200 meters
B)200 miles
C)200 kilometers
D)200 nautical miles
11

Which world region has the largest number of countries with women occupying more than 25% of their country's legislative seats?
A)Africa
B)Latin America
C)Europe
D)Asia
12

The world's largest economic alliance is the:
A)Council of Mutual Economic Assistance
B)European Union
C)European Free Trade Association
D)South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation
13

Nagorno-Karabakh is an example of an:
A)elongated state
B)autonomous Russian Republic
C)enclave
D)antecedent boundary
14

Thailand is an example of what state shape?
A)prorupt
B)compact
C)elongated
D)perforated
15

An important reason for the formation of unified governments is to:
A)collect more tax revenues
B)make it appear as though a city is larger than it really is
C)make school districts smaller
D)reduce duplication of many services provided by local governments
16

Which group of people is an example of a stateless nation?
A)Kurds
B)Iraqis
C)Irish
D)Cambodians
17

The primary objective of local zoning ordinances in municipalities is to:
A)eliminate political fragmentation
B)allow citizen participation in deciding how land may be used
C)foster cooperation among many governmental units in small areas
D)prevent the proliferation of special purpose governmental districts
18

Ceuta and Melilla are examples of:
A)enclaves
B)ministates
C)exclaves
D)stateless nations
19

Which of the following is classified as a primate city?
A)Mexico City
B)Ottawa
C)Abuja
D)Washington, D.C.
20

The least efficient shape for the management of a state is:
A)compact
B)elongated
C)fragmented
D)prorupt
21

Singapore has become an important center for world shipping and commerce due to its:
A)absolute location
B)relative location
C)size
D)shape
22

Which of the following is not considered to be a centripetal force in preserving state cohesiveness?
A)United Nations membership
B)nationalism
C)systems of transportation and communication
D)effective organization and administration of government
23

Which of these countries does not currently have a political movement seeking a degree of self-rule?
A)Spain
B)France
C)Belgium
D)Germany
24

Territorial seas under the Law of the Sea extend out to:
A)12 nautical miles
B)24 nautical miles
C)200 nautical miles
D)350 nautical miles
25

A capital city spatially associated with its core region, is commonly found in:
A)federal states
B)functioning states
C)primate states
D)unitary states
26

What shape is considered the most efficient form for effective organization and administration of a state?
A)prorupt
B)elongated
C)compact
D)perforated
27

Which of the following associations is correct?
A)Chile:prorupt
B)Japan:fragmented
C)India:compact
D)Iran:elongated
28

That which promotes unity and stability in a country is referred to as:
A)centrifugal forces
B)devolution
C)centripetal forces
D)nationalism
29

The Mississippi River is an example of what kind of boundary?
A)consequent boundary
B)natural boundary
C)superimposed boundary
D)antecedent boundary
30

Which of the following countries is landlocked?
A)Croatia
B)Slovenia
C)Macedonia
D)Albania
31

What kind of boundary was drawn between Northern Ireland and Ireland?
A)superimposed boundary
B)consequent boundary
C)antecedent boundary
D)relic boundary
32

Hungary's claims to Transylvania in Romania is based on what type of border conflict?
A)watershed divides
B)resource dispute
C)minority group identification
D)landlock dispute
33

Which of the following is used as an icon of American nationalism?
A)dollar sign
B)Santa Claus
C)golden arches
D)bald eagle
34

Afghans swearing allegiance to local warlords rather than to the state is an example of:
A)nationalism
B)subnationalism
C)supranationalism
D)ethnocentrism
35

Which of the following is not primarily an economic alliance?
A)NATO
B)MERCOSUR
C)OPEC
D)APEC
36

The now universal idea of the modern state was developed in the 18th century by political philosophers in what world region?
A)Europe
B)North America
C)East Asia
D)North Africa
37

By 2007, the number of independent states in the world numbered nearly:
A)35
B)70
C)200
D)400
38

Occupying nearly 6.5 million square miles (17 million sq km), or some 11% of the land surface of the world, the world's largest country is:
A)Australia
B)Canada
C)United States
D)Russia
39

The area of original settlement in a state that usually contains its densest population and largest cities is called the:
A)nucleus
B)central artery
C)core area
D)focal point
40

Brasilia, the capital city purposely built in the interior of Brazil so as to increase development, is an example of a(n):
A)relocation capital
B)forward-thrust capital
C)territorial capital
D)expansion-progression capital
41

A no longer functioning boundary line that is still marked by some landscape features or differences on the two sides is a(n):
A)relic boundary
B)historical boundary
C)tribute boundary
D)preservation boundary
42

The claim of India and Pakistan to the Kashmir region is based on the area's substantial Hindu and Muslim populations and is an example of:
A)historicism
B)irredentism
C)devolution
D)supranationalism
43

Scientists estimate the Arctic seabed might contain this much of the world's undiscovered oil, gas, and minerals.
A)5%
B)15%
C)25%
D)35%
44

One of the most powerful of the centripetal forces, based on the concept of allegiance to a single country and the ideals and way of life it represents, is known as:
A)idealism
B)territoriality
C)autonomy
D)nationalism
45

Canada houses a powerful secessionist movement in the country's largest province of:
A)Ontario
B)Quebec
C)British Columbia
D)Manitoba
46

Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia are examples of what type of 20th century terrorism?
A)state terrorism
B)subnational terrorism
C)domestic terrorism
D)international terrorism
47

The two preconditions common to all separatist movements are:
A)independence and customs
B)ethnicity and statehood
C)territory and nationality
D)religion and language
48

The association of three or more states created for mutual benefit and the achievement of shared objectives is:
A)regionalism
B)nationalism
C)subnationalism
D)supranationalism
49

The strategy of drawing political boundaries so as to dilute the opposition's strength by dividing its votes among a number of districts is known as the:
A)electoral vote
B)stacked vote
C)wasted vote
D)excess vote
50

Any policy or practice that differentially affects or harms individuals, groups, or communities because of their race or color is a form of:
A)ecological intolerance
B)environmental racism
C)biological bigotry
D)class warfare