Unit 4 review: north america true / false

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Answer the following True/False questions about economic activity, climate and the vegetation zones in North America.

  1. There is little high tech economic activity that occurs in a subarctic climate. False

  2. Less forestry occurs in mid-latitude climates. True

  3. Livestock raising requires a wet, humid climate. False

  4. Development of the fishing industry is largely dependent on the type of climate. False

  5. The United States has more varied vegetation zones than Canada. True

  6. Canada has more varied vegetation zones than the United States. False

  7. Both the United States and Canada have deserts. False

  8. Neither the United States nor Canada have tundras. False

  9. Air pressure and temperature decreases as elevation increases. True

  10. One of the greatest benefits of globalization is an increased standard of living. True

  11. The Coriolis effect has the greatest impact on the direction of prevailing winds. True


  1. Central Canada has a subarctic climate with daily temperatures ranging between 30° and 70°. The area is covered by coniferous forest, and the primary economic activities are forestry, commercial farming, and hunting gathering.

  2. The distribution of languages throughout the country of Canada reflects the history of Canada. For instance, early French settlements were primarily in eastern Canada.

  3. Beginning in the 1960s, citizens of the province of Quebec organized efforts to gain independence from the federal government of Canada. In 1995, a public vote to separate Quebec narrowly failed to pass. Efforts continue today to establish a more independent Quebec. Many citizens of Quebec want independence, because the French speaking citizens of Quebec want to protect their French heritage.

  4. Proximity to water sources for transportation is the geographic factor that had the greatest influence on the pattern of settlements in Eastern Canada.

  5. The economic system of Canada is more Socialism than Free Enterprise.

  6. American Indians were the cultural group that most likely inhabited Northern Canada.

  7. The Beringia Land Bridge was the geographic feature that was essential for initial migration to the Americas through Canada.

  8. The fastest growing province in Canada during the first quarter of 2008 was Alberta. Its population grew by 0.41% due mainly to migration. Saskatchewan had been leading in growth in 2007. This is unusual because it had consistently lost population for years until 2006. Canada’s overall growth amounted to 0.24% for the first quarter of 2008. This was the most growth for Canada since 2002. Concerning Canada’s population growth, the greatest provincial growth rates have been west of Ontario.


Which of the following is a likely characteristic of a rural community or an industrial community?

Choose R or I as a response.

  1. Industrialization I

  2. Agricultural traditions R

  3. Use of high tech equipment I

  4. Transportation center I


  1. North American Free Trade Agreement established in the 1990s changed trade patterns between the United States and Canada.

  2. By constructing dams and reservoirs the United States and Canada have modified the environment to provide inexpensive electricity and recreation in many rural areas.

  3. The spread of new geographical information systems has had the following effects navigational improvements, easier access to technologies and improved geographic mapping.

  4. A functional region is organized around a large city. The surrounding area is connected to and generally relies on the transportation, communication, and economic activity of the city.

  5. More efficient production of crops has been the benefit of advances in agricultural technology.


  1. All of the continental United States is located on the North American plate except for some of the west coast of California which is located on the Pacific plate. The San Andreas Fault is located where these plates come together causing a potential for major earthquakes.

  2. Access to natural resources was the most likely reason for the early exploration and settlement of the western United States.

  3. Cultural Convergence is the spread of democratic ideals from philosophers in Europe to the Founding Fathers in the United States.

  4. Cultural values, access to public transportation and population density are all differences in lifestyle between urban and rural populations in the United States. Access to political power is not particular to either urban or rural populations.

  5. Access to waterways and two oceans has had the greatest influence on the power of the United States to trade internationally.


  1. The location near transportation routes and major economic development is the most likely reason for the development of a megalopolis.

  2. Which of the following would be considered a push / pull factors in human migration? Label push or pull for your response.

    1. lower land costs PULL

    2. more favorable climate PULL

    3. improved educational system PULL

    4. lack of career opportunities PUSH

  3. Air conditioning technology has allowed humans to adapt to the environment because it has allowed the growth of urban centers in areas of extreme heat.

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