Question 1 of 20 5.0 Points
Flemish, one of the two official languages of Belgium, belongs to which of Europe’s major language families?
Question 2 of 20 5.0 Points
The country with the largest economy in Europe, sometimes referred to as the “motor” of Europe, is:
C. the United Kingdom.
Question 3 of 20 5.0 Points
The European country that is a major exporter of crude oil to world markets is:
D. the Czech Republic
Question 4 of 20 5.0 Points
In Europe, the majority of the workforce is employed in the __________ sector.
B. heavy industrial
Question 5 of 20 5.0 Points
Tourism is Europe’s most important industry. The leading country, based on total number of tourist arrivals, is:
A. the United Kingdom.
Question 6 of 20 5.0 Points
The territory of the former country of East Germany was occupied by the army of which country, at the conclusion of WWII?
B. The United States
C. The Soviet Union
Question 7 of 20 5.0 Points
Which of the following statements most accurately characterizes Northern Europe?
A. Most countries in the region have GDP per capita figures lower than the European average.
B. Unlike the remainder of western Europe, this region has very little industry, and is entirely dependent on fishing and agriculture to support economic growth.
C. Many of these countries have been reluctant historically to join international organizations, due to long traditions of neutrality.
D. The population in all the countries of the region, except for Sweden, have relatively low levels of education.
Question 8 of 20 5.0 Points
The Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) was designed to:
A. reduce levels of pollution in the Mediterranean Sea.
B. increase economic cooperation among the countries in Mediterranean Europe.
C. reduce illegal immigration to countries in the Mediterranean basin.
D. attract tourism by greatly increasing the number of beach resorts in the region.
Question 9 of 20 5.0 Points
Two European countries rejected the invitation to join the EU in 1995. One of these countries is:
Question 10 of 20 5.0 Points
In the 1960s and 1970s, a major source of immigrant labor for Germany, the so-called gastarbeiter, was the country of:
C. South Africa.
Question 11 of 20 5.0 Points
The Ob River flows through what region?
A. Central Asia
Question 12 of 20 5.0 Points
Which of the following best describes the physical region known as the taiga?
A. Subtropical vegetation, with poor soils
B. A zone of extensive desert and scrub vegetation
C. A vast grassland, containing extremely fertile soils
D. A zone of coniferous forest
Question 13 of 20 5.0 Points
Chernozem soils are associated with which of the following vegetation zones?
Question 14 of 20 5.0 Points
The greatest temperature ranges in the region, due to the effect of continentality, are experienced in:
D. the Volga Basin.
Question 15 of 20 5.0 Points
The yurt is a national symbol for which of the following groups?
Question 16 of 20 5.0 Points
Regarding the population geography of Russia and Neighboring Countries:
A. Slavic countries show the highest rates of growth.
B. all states of the former USSR are losing population, and Russia and Ukraine are losing the fastest.
C. fertility rates are higher in the Central Asian states, and death rates are declining there as well.
D. None of the above
Question 17 of 20 5.0 Points
The first Russian leader to use the title “czar” was:
A. Ivan the III.
B. Catherine the Great.
C. Mikhail Romanov.
D. Boris Yeltsin.
Question 18 of 20 5.0 Points
Of the following countries, the one that is culturally closest to the Romanians is:
Question 19 of 20 5.0 Points
Two former USSRs (now independent countries) have recently been at war over the disputed territory of Nagorno Karabakh. These countries are:
A. Russia and Georgia.
B. Azerbaijan and Armenia.
C. Armenia and Georgia.
D. Georgia and Moldova.
Question 20 of 20 5.0 Points
The Aral Sea is vanishing because:
A. too much water was taken out of it for irrigation.
B. wells in the region caused the water table to fall, and made the Aral shrink.
C. the acreage devoted to cotton increased, meaning more fresh water was taken for irrigation from the rivers feeding the Aral.
D. All the above