15. Identify why voting is important to the US political system and how it contributes to our
there is widespread support for it; citizens are allowed to vote for their representatives. If people are not happy with government performance, they will not re-elect that rep.
16. Examine the impact of the California gold rush (1848-49) on the population growth of that
population growth exploded as people from all over the world came in search of gold and wealth
17. Describe the general direction the population center of the United States has shifted to.
from NE to west
18. Identify in which province of Canada most people speak French. What other language is also
spoken in Canada?
19. Identify the sub region of the United States has the highest population density. (pgs. 107, 145)
20. Explain the main cause of the Great Depression. (Which started in 1929)
speculation of prices, increasing consumer debt, stock market crash
21. Analyze how homesteading effected population growth. What area in the US did it impact the
Homestead Act: 1862 – opened up settlement in the west
Congress passed a law allowing people to claim public land and convert it to private land
Affected the Great Plains
22. Recognize the most important river system in the United States.
Mississippi (natural drainage systems)
23. Describe what happened during the Great Migration of African Americans after WWI.
What region did African Americans move from?What region did African Americans move to?
south Northern cities (Chicago, NYC, Philly)
24. Explain the main reason for increased US involvement in the Middle East after September
war on terrorism
Chapters 9-11 Latin America
25. Identify what areas make up the region called Latin America. (pg. 186)
countries south of the U.S. in the western hemisphere
26. Identify the main religion of Latin America and why. (pg. 194)
Catholicism; Spanish conquistadors
27. Identify the main languages of Latin America and why.
46. Use p282 to illustrate the 4 different steps in creating a polder in the diagram above.
47. Describe the Bubonic Plague (Black Death). How did it spread, and in what direction did it
diffuse in Europe? (pg 294-295)
People catch bubonic plague from rat bites; the disease lives in the guts of rats.
It spread via the Italian merchants who caught it from Asian traders coming across the Mediterranean Sea. It spread north and east from Italy.
48. Identify what place in Europe was the first to practice democracy. (pg. 289)
49. Explain what happened in Eastern Europe in 1989, and what changes took place as a result.
(pg. 312) the Berlin Wall fell; West Berlin and East Berlin (as well as West Germany and East
Germany) were reunited after 30+ years.
50. Explain how England was changed by the Industrial Revolution. (pg. 304)
cities grew due to job availability, less people farming though farms increased in size,
51. Compareurbanization and the Industrial Revolution. Which is the cause and which is the
effect? (pg. 137) urbanization is the growth of cities. The Industrial Revolution was the cause
and the effect was urbanization.
52. Describe why Jews escaped Europe during the 1940s.
They were being persecuted by the Nazis.
53. Identify the purpose of the European Union, and what is its major function? (pgs. 326-327)
to unify member countries; share resources, money system, open borders, common market
54. Explain why people started migrating to Western Europe after the creation of the EU.
They were in search of employment in more industrialized areas.
55. Identify the country in Europe that is always neutral, and assess the benefits of this?
Switzerland; benefits: no loss of military life, reduced spending on war, no
destruction of land and property
Political neutrality for a small country with a limited military capacity is generally preferable to a hostile takeover from a belligerent neighbor. As long as the country is officially recognized as neutral, no country can legally form plans to invade it or use it as a base of operations. A neutral country can accept refugees or political prisoners, but it is not obligated to join peacekeeping missions after the conflict ends.
56. Explain what a parliamentary system is. What European nation has this?
a system of government in which the executive branch derives its power from, and is held accountable to, the legislature (parliament); the executive and legislative branches are thus interconnected; UK