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World Geography Released SOL Test



Multiple Choice
Identify the choice that best completes the statement or answers the question.
 

 1. 

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What is the approximate distance from Paris, France, to Madrid, Spain?
a.
350 miles
c.
550 miles
b.
450 miles
d.
650 miles
 

 2. 

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Which of the following best explains the population distribution of North Africa?
a.
The natural vegetation encourages nomadic herding.
c.
Settlements are found in areas with reliable sources of water.
b.
Mineral deposits have led to the creation of urban centers.
d.
The economy of the region encourages widespread small communities.
 

 3. 

The conflict between Israelis and Palestinians is most likely related to --
a.
economic connections to the area
c.
religious attachments to the area
b.
the petroleum deposits in the area
d.
the agricultural growth in the area
 

 4. 

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These maps show that after World War II Germany was --
a.
controlled by Austria
c.
annexed by France
b.
expanded into a larger country
d.
divided into two countries
 

 5. 

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a.
east of the Great Plains
c.
north of the Columbia River
b.
south of the Grand Canyon
d.
west of the Rocky Mountains
 

 6. 

The negative impact of using coal and oil in the United States and Western Europe is --
a.
economic
c.
environmental
b.
cultural
d.
political
 

 7. 

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a.
adjacent to coal fields
c.
along the coast
b.
near mountain passes
d.
at the fall line
 

 8. 

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a.
manufacturer
c.
fisher
b.
lawyer
d.
farmer
 

 9. 

Which pair of countries shares a common language?
a.
France and Colombia
c.
Italy and Cambodia
b.
Germany and Egypt
d.
Portugal and Brazil
 

 10. 

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a.
One
c.
Three
b.
Two
d.
Four
 

 11. 

Technological improvements in housing materials allow people to live --
a.
closer to schools
c.
closer to urban areas
b.
in larger homes
d.
in various environments
 

 12. 

Which of the following push factors caused millions of people to flee their homes in Bosnia during the early 1990s?
a.
Religious persecution
c.
Overpopulation
b.
Environmental pollution
d.
Lack of job opportunities
 

 13. 

Geographers use pictures taken by remote sensing devices for all of the following EXCEPT
a.
monitoring pollution
c.
forecasting weather
b.
calculating death rates
d.
studying traffic patterns
 

 14. 

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a.
oceans
c.
straits
b.
rivers
d.
plains
 

 15. 

The introduction in South Asia of new types of high-yield rice and wheat is called the --
a.
green market
c.
greenhouse effect
b.
green revolution
d.
greenbelt movement
 

 16. 

Seismic monitoring provides a way of minimizing the impact of which of the following natural hazards?
a.
Tornadoes
c.
Floods
b.
Hurricanes
d.
Earthquakes
 

 17. 

In eastern Canada, damage has been caused to trees, plants, fish, and buildings by pollutants from factories.  This type of pollution is called --
a.
acid rain
c.
the greenhouse effect
b.
the ozone layer
d.
mercury poisoning
 

 18. 

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a.
Danish, German, and Polish
c.
French, German, and Italian
b.
English, French, and Spanish
d.
English, Italian, and Spanish
 

 19. 

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a.
expanded military power of the old Soviet Union
c.
gradual lessening of ethnic loyalties in the former Soviet Union
b.
collapse of the Soviet Union
d.
successful attempts by the former Soviet Union to crush nationalistic sentiments
 

 20. 

Humanitarian responses to natural disasters led to the creation of the --
a.
United Nations (UN)
c.
Red Cross/Red Crescent
b.
European Union (EU)
d.
Commonwealth of Nations
 

 21. 

The uneven distribution of natural resources on the Earth is being balanced through --
a.
population distribution
c.
forced sharing
b.
world trade
d.
bartering
 

 22. 

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a.
total population
c.
population density
b.
natural resources
d.
distribution of cities
 

 23. 

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a.
Australia
c.
Ethiopia
b.
France
d.
Japan
 

 24. 

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a.
Bemidji, Minnesota
c.
New Orleans, Louisiana
b.
Cairo, Illinois
d.
St. Louis, Missouri
 

 25. 

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a.
1
c.
3
b.
2
d.
4
 

 26. 

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a.
Coastal countries have limited access to natural resources
c.
These countries have similar access to modern technologies
b.
These countries have similar access to human resources
d.
Landlocked countries have limited access to trade routes
 

 27. 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, owes its growth and prosperity to the --
a.
steel industry
c.
computer industry
b.
aircraft industry
d.
automobile industry
 

 28. 

Money is an example of a --
a.
nonrenewable resource
c.
capital resource
b.
natural resource
d.
labor resource
 

 29. 

In the United States, no new nuclear power generators have been constructed since 1996, primarily because of the --
a.
concerns over the issue of safety
c.
opposition from coal miners
b.
discovery of vast oil deposits
d.
low cost of generating electricity
 

 30. 

A boat sailing on the Seine River is in --
a.
Spain
c.
Poland
b.
Italy
d.
France
 

 31. 

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a.
Wood products
c.
Plastics
b.
Metal products
d.
Glass
 

 32. 

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a.
trade
c.
security
b.
religion
d.
administration
 

 33. 

The Brazilian government is struggling against miners, ranchers, and farmers to preserve what type of ecosystem?
a.
Rain forests
c.
Wetlands
b.
Savannas
d.
Chaparrals
 

 34. 

The greater the country’s level of economic development, the --
a.
lower the cost of living
c.
lower the urban population
b.
higher the agricultural labor force
d.
higher the quality of life
 

 35. 

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a.
Bahrain
c.
Pakistan
b.
Italy
d.
Singapore
 

 36. 

Which of the following factors has slowed India’s economic development and prevented improvement in the people’s standard of living?
a.
An aging population
c.
Plentiful natural resources
b.
Lack of energy resources
d.
A high population growth rate
 

 37. 

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a.
directional indicator
c.
map orientation
b.
absolute location
d.
mental map
 

 38. 

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a.
Sun Belt
c.
Wheat Belt
b.
Rust Belt
d.
Cotton Belt
 

 39. 

The European Union (EU) was formed primarily to provide --
a.
emergency assistance for sub-Saharan countries
c.
common military defense for members
b.
economic cooperation between members
d.
political power to rival the United States
 

 40. 

Farmers in Southeast Asia have adapted mountainous areas for agricultural use by --
a.
building levees
c.
practicing crop rotation
b.
constructing terraces
d.
developing contour cultivation
 

 41. 

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a.
Advanced agricultural technologies
c.
Increased agricultural imports
b.
Improved transportation systems
d.
Expanded suburban areas
 

 42. 

The ancient Incan city located in the Andes Mountains of Peru is --
a.
Machu Picchu
c.
Tenochtitián
b.
Chichén Itzá
d.
Teotihuacan
 

 43. 

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a.
United Kingdom and Portugal
c.
Romania and Norway
b.
Luxembourg and Romania
d.
Norway and Portugal
 

 44. 

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a.
equator
c.
prime meridian
b.
high latitudes
d.
middle latitudes
 

 45. 

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is a political and military alliance with members primarily from Western European nations and the --
a.
United States
c.
United Arab  Emirates
b.
Dominican Republic
d.
Central African Republic
 

 46. 

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a.
Chile
c.
Greece
b.
Egypt
d.
Philippines
 

 47. 

Which technology has promoted globalization?
a.
Electronic investigations
c.
Internet communications
b.
Airline security systems
d.
Computerized assembly lines
 

 48. 

Which country benefits most from a major economic alliance with the United States?
a.
Chile
c.
Mexico
b.
Brazil
d.
Guatemala
 

 49. 

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a.
Hinduism
c.
Judaism
b.
Christianity
d.
Buddhism
 

 50. 

All of the following are demographic factors used in determining the total population of a country EXCEPT --
a.
birth rate
c.
death rate
b.
marriage rate
d.
immigration
 

 51. 

Which country has a history of the most ethnic conflict?
a.
Brazil
c.
Australia
b.
Canada
d.
Yugoslavia
 

 52. 

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a.
Iberian
c.
Jutland
b.
Italian
d.
Scandinavian
 

 53. 

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a.
Italy
c.
the Netherlands
b.
Spain
d.
the United Kingdom
 

 54. 

The chernozem of Russia is a type of --
a.
soil
c.
ballet
b.
icon
d.
mineral
 

 55. 

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a.
cultural diffusion
c.
advanced technology
b.
trademark violations
d.
environmental concerns
 

 56. 

One of the factors that contributed to Japan’s industrial growth during much of the 20th century was that it benefited from having
a.
sources of investment capital
c.
supplies of fossil fuels
b.
areas of fertile farmland
d.
deposits of iron ore
 

 57. 

Which of the following factors significantly contributes to the shrinking of the Aral Sea?
a.
Erosion
c.
Pollution
b.
Irrigation
d.
Sedimentation
 

 58. 

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a.
The united States economy is diverse.
c.
The United States economy is dependent on imports.
b.
The economy of the United States is based on agriculture.
d.
The economy of the United States is based on manufacturing.
 

 59. 

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a.
Egypt
c.
Turkey
b.
China
d.
India
 

 60. 

Which country is characterized by peaceful relationships between its different ethnic groups?
a.
Nigeria
c.
Rwanda
b.
Cyprus
d.
Switzerland
 



 
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