Regional Geography 105
Exam I - Study Questions
WARNING - The content of this exam is subject to change prior to the exam date.
PART I - Questions
This exam will contain multiple choice questions and true/false statements. It may also contain one or more of the following items: matching and fill-in-the-blank statements. Material for these questions will come from lecture material, CoursePack reading assignments, web page reading assignments and the homework assignments.
PART II - Essays
One essay topics from the list below will be selected by the instructor and listed on the exam. Students will then write a full essay on this topic. Only the selected essay topic will be accepted for credit.
1. Define and explain the term "realm" and define each of the criteria used to distinguish one realm from another. How does a realm differ from a region? Describe the four traditions of geography. Explain why Geography is considered an integrated science.
2. What is Human Development as defined by the United Nations? Discusss the Human Development Index and the various aspects that are used to calculate it. List and discuss 4 symptoms of underdevelopment. Explain how these symptoms are interrelated. What are the possible solutions to these problems?
3. Briefly outline European developent in terms of unifications and fragmentations. Discuss the foundations and history of the European Union and its goals. Discuss how the development of the EU fits into the larger pattern that is seen in European development.
4. Compare and contrast the foundations and conclusions of Mackinder's Heartland Theory and Spykman's Rimland Theory. Which theory seems to more accurately reflect the current global situation? (give specific examples to support your position)
5. Describe the four stages in the theory of metropolitan evolution, as proposed by John Borchert, including the major events of importance during each stage. What are the major trends in transportation, communication and metropolitan growth during the fifth and current stage of metropolitan evolution?
PART III - Homework
Homework #1: Be able to convert metric to metric, Engish to English, metric to English, and English to metric units of length (in., ft.,yd. mi.; mm, cm, m, km). Be able to give examples of metric units commonly used in the United States and their actual use. Using an atlas, be able to determine the longitude and latitude if given location. Be able to determine the location if given the longitude and latitude.