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The Caribbean islands are an example of a(n)
Question 1 Explanation:
An archipelago is a cluster of islands.
Panama is an example of a(n)
Question 2 Explanation:
An isthmus is a narrow strip of land that connects two larger land masses, in this case North America and South America.
An underground pool of water is a(n)
Question 3 Explanation:
Pollution of aquifers is a major environmental problem in Central America.
Which of the following is the first step in a volcanic eruption?
Magma rises through cracks or weaknesses in the earth’s crust.
Pressure builds up inside the Earth
Magma explodes to the surface
Tectonic plates move
Question 4 Explanation:
The correct order is (A), (B), (D), and (C).
Which of the following are found on the island of Hispaniola?
Dominican Republic and Haiti
Dominican Republic and Jamaica
Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico
Haiti and Jamaica
Question 5 Explanation:
Hispaniola has two countries. Haiti is in the west, and the Dominican Republic is in the east.
Which of the following is furthest north?
Question 6 Explanation:
Guatemala is immediately south of Mexico.
Which of the following is furthest south?
Question 7 Explanation:
Panama is immediately north of Columbia and immediately south of Costa Rica.
Most of Central America and the Caribbean were colonized by
Question 8 Explanation:
Almost all of Central America and the Caribbean were colonized by Spain. Portugal colonized Brazil, which is in South America.
Most people in Central America and the Caribbean are
Question 9 Explanation:
Spain was overwhelmingly Catholic, and Spanish missionaries brought their religion to Native Americans.
Which of the following countries is English-speaking?
Question 10 Explanation:
Belize is one of the few countries in the region not colonized by the Spanish. It was colonized by the English.
In the sixteenth century, what effect did the presence of Europeans in the Americas have on the indigenous population of the Americas?
The population increased slowly because of new economic opportunities
The population remained about the same because few Europeans moved there
The population decreased slowly due to increased competition for land
The population decreased dramatically with the introduction of new diseases
Question 11 Explanation:
Smallpox and measles were particularly viral. The Native American population declined by millions.
How did the Columbian Exchange affect life in Europe?
It caused crop shortages
It increased food variety
It made diets less healthy
It made the population shrink
Question 12 Explanation:
New foods included corn, peanuts, peppers, potatoes, squash, and sweet potatoes.
Why was the Panama Canal built?
To link the Atlantic and Pacific oceans
To decrease transportation time
To increase trade
All of the above
Question 13 Explanation:
France began the initial work on the Panama Canal in 1881. The United States took over the work in 1904 and completed the canal in 1914.
Which of the following countries exports the most bananas?
Question 14 Explanation:
Costa Rica exports more bananas than any other country in Central America. Ecuador is the world's largest exporter of bananas.
Which of the following types of agriculture has led to deforestation?
Question 15 Explanation:
Subsistence agriculture feeds only a family with perhaps a slight bit more for trade. Sustainable agriculture protects the environment, and organic agriculture uses sustainable methods. Rainforests must be cleared to provide the vast tracts of land required for large-scale commercial agriculture.
Which of the following is least attractive for tourists?
Question 16 Explanation:
Guatemala has been plagued by poverty and unstable governments and does not attract tourists.
Which of the following is an example of ecotourism?
Rain forest canopy tours
Question 17 Explanation:
Ecotourism is directed toward exotic, often threatened, natural environments, especially to support conservation efforts and observe wildlife. Swordfish fishing reduces the swordfish population. Canals and condominiums are man-made, not in the natural environment.
Which of the following countries has capitalized the most on ecotourism?
Question 18 Explanation:
Cuba has a significant tourist business, but it is not as involved in the field of ecotourism as Costa Rica. Also, until recently, the United States government has not allowed American tourists to visit Cuba. Honduras and Nicaragua have been plagued by poverty and unstable governments.
Which of the following has a Communist government?
Question 19 Explanation:
Cuba has had a Communist government since 1959, when Fidel Castro overthrew the previous authoritarian regime.
You want to go on vacation but do not want to leave the United States. Where do you go?
Question 20 Explanation:
Puerto Rico is a not a state but it is a commonwealth of the United States. Its people are American citizens, and you may travel there without a passport because you are still technically in the United States.
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