Characteristics of a State Quiz

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Question 1
For a political unit to be sovereign, it must have control over its

A
Airspace
B
External affairs
C
Internal affairs
D
Both internal affairs and external affairs
Question 1 Explanation: 
Sovereignty has many definitions, but in this case, it means to have control over internal affairs. For example, while the states in the United States are not independent, they are considered sovereign to the extent that they have control of their internal affairs.
Question 2
For a political unit to be considered a state it must

A
Have control over its internal affairs
B
Have sovereignty
C
Not be occupied by a foreign power
D
All of the above
Question 2 Explanation: 
Answers A, B, and C have the same meaning. Therefore, the answer is D. A state must have control of its internal and external affairs.
Question 3
Which of the following is the largest state?

A
Alaska
B
Canada
C
Russia
D
The Soviet Union
Question 3 Explanation: 
“State,” in the academic sense, is another word for “country.” Russia is the largest country in the world. Canada is second largest. The Soviet Union no longer exists.
Question 4
Put the following political units in their usual order from largest to smallest.

A
City, country, county, empire, province
B
Empire, country, province, city, county
C
Empire, country, province, county, city
D
Empire, province, country, county, city
Question 4 Explanation: 
Empires are made up of a country and the territories it rules, which may include other lands that were at one time sovereign states. A “province” is a division within a country. Counties are usually composed of several cities, villages, or towns.
Question 5
Which of the following is the opposite of a boundary?

A
Enclave
B
Frontier
C
Rimland
D
Shatterbelt
Question 5 Explanation: 
A boundary is a line, while a frontier is an area and may be fluid.
Question 6
Which of the following is NOT a cultural boundary?

A
An ethnic boundary
B
A geometric boundary
C
A religious boundary
D
A physical boundary
Question 6 Explanation: 
Cultural boundaries are established by human beings. Physical boundaries, on the other hand, are naturally occurring.
Question 7
Which of the following is NOT a cultural boundary?

A
The border between Flanders and Wallonia
B
The Green Line
C
The Mississippi River
D
The wall and fence on the U.S.-Mexican border
Question 7 Explanation: 
Physical boundaries include mountains, lakes, and rivers. The Mississippi River is the boundary between several states in the United States.
Question 8
Which of the following are most clearly separated by a physical boundary?

A
Argentina and Chile
B
California and Nevada
C
Canada and the United States
D
The Dominican Republic and Haiti
Question 8 Explanation: 
Argentina and Chile are separated by the Andes Mountains.
Question 9
All of the following were divided by walls or fences in the twentieth century except

A
China and Mongolia
B
East and West Berlin
C
Israeli and the Palestinian territories
D
North and South Korea
Question 9 Explanation: 
The Great Wall of China separated Mongolia and China hundreds of years ago. Today, it is a tourist attraction rather than an actual border.
Question 10
Which of the following states is usually thought of as being most cohesive?

A
Compact
B
Elongated
C
Perforated
D
Prorupted
Question 10 Explanation: 
Compact states tend to be small and have uniform borders. They tend to be bound together by centripetal forces.
Question 11
Which of the following states is usually thought of as being least cohesive?

A
Compact
B
Elongated
C
Fragmented
D
Landlocked
Question 11 Explanation: 
Fragmented states are in pieces. The fragments are physically separated by each other and may be divided by centrifugal forces.
Question 12
South Africa is an example of a(n) ____________ state.

A
Compact
B
Fragmented
C
Perforated
D
Prorupted
Question 12 Explanation: 
South Africa is perforated by Lesotho.
Question 13
India is an example of a(n) ____________ state.

A
Elongated
B
Fragmented
C
Landlocked
D
Prorupted
Question 13 Explanation: 
India has a proruption in the east that stretches around Bangladesh. Most Americans do not notice it is there.
Question 14
Indonesia is an example of a(n) ____________ state.

A
Elongated
B
Fragmented
C
Perforated
D
Prorupted
Question 14 Explanation: 
Indonesia is made up of at least seventeen thousand islands. There is disagreement over the actual number.
Question 15
Italy can best be described as a(n) ____________ state.

A
Compact
B
Elongated
C
Landlocked
D
Prorupted
Question 15 Explanation: 
Of these choices, Italy is elongated. It is a peninsula. Arguments could also be made the Italy is fragmented due to Sicily or perforated due to Vatican City.
Question 16
A ____________ state would be most likely to depend on its neighbors for access to trade.

A
Compact
B
Landlocked
C
Perforated
D
Prorupted
Question 16 Explanation: 
A landlocked state is surrounded by other states.
Question 17
Which of the following is best described as a nation-state?

A
Australia
B
Denmark
C
India
D
Nigeria
Question 17 Explanation: 
Almost everyone in Denmark is of Danish ethnicity. Thus, ethnicity and nationality overlap almost perfectly.
Question 18
Which of the following is best described as a multi-ethnic state?

A
South Africa
B
Iceland
C
North Korea
D
Japan
Question 18 Explanation: 
South Africa is diverse country that includes people of many different of races and ethnicities. Iceland, North Korea, and Japan are ethnically homogeneous.
Question 19
Which of the following is best described as a multi-national state?

A
Canada
B
China
C
Korea
D
United States
Question 19 Explanation: 
Canada has a large minority of French speakers and minorities of Native Americans. Many of these people see themselves as being of a different nationality than white, English-speaking Canadians.
Question 20
Which of the following is best described as a multi-state nation?

A
Belgium
B
Brazil
C
Ireland
D
South Africa
Question 20 Explanation: 
The Irish are divided between the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
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