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Geography and World Cultures I. Map On this world map, indicate the following features: Amazon rain forest Panama The Canal Himalayas The Ring of Fire The Mississippi River The Gobi Desert (10 points) II. Graphic Organizer Fill in the table below about these five major world religions. Do not fill in the boxes marked with an X. (10 points) Religion Name at least one holy text How do you achieve enlightenment? Describe the religion's views on the afterlife Hinduism Buddhism X X Judaism X Christianity X Islam X III. Short Answer 1a. Name at least two river valleys where civilizations began. (5 points) 1b. Explain why civilization grew around the river valleys. (5 points) 2. How do the Himalayas affect culture and climate? (5 points) 3. Define the following terms: Culture: (3 points) Geography: (2 points) 4a. Describe where the Industrial Revolution began and how it spread. (5 points) 4b. List at least two factors that are preventing industrialization in Africa. (5 points) 5a. Define the concept of multiple causation. (5 points) 5b. Use multiple causation to explain the relationship between the last ice age and different cultural patterns in the northern and southern United States. (5 points) IV. Short Answer 1. Consider that Earth's population is projected to rise to 10 billion by the year 2050. The current population is only around 6 billion. Most scientists predict global warming will be even more noticeable by the year 2050 than it is today. What parts of the world currently have the fastest and slowest population growth? (4 points) 2. What regions do you think will have the highest population densities in the year 2050? Explain why. (6 points) 3. How do you think the population increase will affect urban areas of the world? (5 points) 4. In the year 2050, what regions of the world would be most affected by global warming? (5 points) V. Essay The theme of this course has been the relationship between geography and world culture. You have learned about many aspects of geography, and you have seen how the physical features of Earth affect human behavior and decisions. These behaviors and decisions affect culture in general. You will write an essay about the connection between the physical geography of Earth and the culture of human societies. First, fill in this brainstorming table to help you get ideas for your essay. In the "Other" section, you can use whatever factors you can think of that are not listed. How does geography affect each of these? Urbanization Trade Cultural exchange Other How is culture affected by each of these? Urbanization Trade Cultural exchange Other Now write a three-paragraph essay that responds to the essay prompt below. A good essay will have a strong topic sentence and introduction, a body paragraph that uses specific evidence to back up its statements, and a concluding paragraph that repeats your point. Use the facts from your brainstorming table to write your essay. Essay Prompt: Describe the relationship between physical geography and world cultures. (20 points)
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