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In the early 1800’s, the need for a water route to help farmers ship their products to market was one reason for the
a) Gadsden Purchase b) Louisiana Purchase c) Mexican Cession d) Missouri Compromise
availability of waterpower to operate machines
a) availability of waterpower to operate machines b) availability of waterpower to operate machines c) weather d) physical
Which region of the United States is correctly paired with an industry that is dominant in that region?
a) Southwest — timber b) Pacific Northwest — citrus crops c) Great Plains — grain crops d) Great Plains — grain crops
Which geographic factor had the greatest influence on early patterns of industrialization in the United States?
a) scarcity of flat land on which to build factories b) scarcity of flat land on which to build factories c) desire of workers to live in mild climates d) availability of waterpower to operate machines
Which group benefited most from the United States acquisition of the port of New Orleans?
a) Which group benefited most from the United States acquisition of the port of New Orleans? b) Native American Indians in the Southwest c) fur trappers in the Columbia River Valley d) gold miners in northern California
Population data from the census of 2000 was used to determine the number of
a) Population data from the census of 2000 was used to determine the number of b) Senators from each state c) electoral college votes from each state d) Supreme Court justices
Which geographic advantage did the United States gain by purchasing the Louisiana Territory from France in 1803?
a) Which geographic advantage did the United States gain by purchasing the Louisiana Territory from France in 1803? b) rich fishing areas in the Great Lakes c) full control of the Mississippi River d) vast coal reserves in the region west of Pennsylvania
According to the 1990 census, which two areas of the United States include the most densely populated parts of the nation?
a) the Great Plains and Texas b) the Northeast and southern California c) the South and the Rocky Mountain states d) the Appalachian states and the Midwest
The best source of information for identifying the location of the major mountain ranges in the United States is:
a) an encyclopedia b) an encyclopedia c) an atlas d) a dictionary
Which city is paired with the geographical feature that directly contributed to its growth?
a) San Francisco – Rocky Mountains b) New Orleans – Mississippi River c) Pittsburgh – Hudson River d) Cleveland – Atlantic Coastal Plain
Which United States foreign policy action resulted from the close geographic relationship between the United States and Latin America?
a) Monroe Doctrine b) Truman Doctrine c) Marshall Plan d) Open Door policy
In the United States, regional differences in economic development are primarily due to
a) settlement patterns of immigrant groups b) pressure from various religious groups c) state and federal election laws d) geographic factors in various parts of the nation
Because of fertile land and a long growing season, plantations in the thirteen colonies developed in
a) New England b) the Middle Atlantic region c) the South d) the upper Mississippi River valley
In which section of early 19th-century America was the plantation system an important feature?
a) New England b) the Middle Atlantic states c) the South d) the West
Farmers in the Ohio River valley gained the greatest economic benefit when the United States acquired the
a) Oregon Territory b) Gadsden Purchase c) Louisiana Territory d) Mexican Cession
Acquiring New Orleans as part of the Louisiana Purchase was considered important to the development of the Mississippi and Ohio River valleys because the city
a) provided protection from attacks by the Spanish b) provided migrant workers for river valley farms c) served as a port for American agricultural goods d) served as the cultural center for the nation
Since the late 1700s, the Mississippi River has been a vital waterway because it
a) divided the northern territories from the southern territories b) allowed American farmers direct access to Canadian markets c) connected the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean d) provided farmers and merchants an outlet to the Gulf of Mexico
During the first half of the 1800s, geographic factors influenced the economy of New England by
a) encouraging the establishment of large plantations b) promoting the growth of trade and manufacturing c) increasing the region’s reliance on slave labor d) supporting rice and indigo farming
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