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Why might larger countries have such a low population density?
a) Much of their land lacks access to enough water
b) Areas of the country have not yet been explored.
c) Many of those countries are still ravaged by civil war.
d) They have no valuable natural resources for their economy.

How is the distribution of the cities in Saudi Arabia a reflection of its geography?
a) The interior of the country has few river sources
b) The cities are located near oil wells.
c) Without access to a coastline, the cities are located near the interior.
d) The major cities are located near the Iraq border for access to water sources.

What MOST LIKELY determined the location of Baghdad in Iraq?
a) proximity to a river
b) coastal access
c) desert oases access
d) waterway transportation to Saudi Arabia

) In 2008, Saudi Arabia produced an average of 10,782 barrels of oil per day, while Kuwait averaged 2,742 barrels per day. Which offers the MOST LIKELY conclusion?
a) The standard of living is higher in Saudi Arabia than in Kuwait
b) The literacy rate is higher in Kuwait than in Saudi Arabia.
c) The standard of living is higher in Kuwait than in Saudi Arabia
d) The life expectancy rate is higher in Kuwait than in Saudi Arabia.

) Which group was formed in 1960 to control the price and amount of oil that would be produced by Middle Eastern nations?

Why does Saudi Arabia lead the Middle East region in the production and export of oil?
a) Proximity to major rivers
b) Saudi Arabia has the largest reserves of petroleum
c) fertile grasslands
d) The King has made it a priority

which country would be MOST likely to face a water crisis?
a) Jordan
b) Syria
c) Lebanon
d) Turkey

Which of these would have the GREATEST impact on the daily lives of people in the country of Jordan?
a) irrigation conflicts with Israel
b) value of oil exports
c) apartheid within society
d) rivalries between Hutus and Tutsis

) The water supply in the Middle East is being threatened by climate changes, shrinking aquifers, and overpopulation. What is MOST LIKELY the biggest challenge in finding a way for the nations there to cooperate to solve these problems?
a) The nations involved have a history of solving conflict through warfare
b) The urban and rural areas of the region can not reach a compromise about water rights.
c) The United Nations has refused to oversee projects to ensure the equal distribution of water.
d) The nations involved do not have the money needed to finance pipelines to solve the problems.

Countries which border the Persian Gulf such as Kuwait have very limited fresh water supplies. Many are forced to search for water from other sources such as
a) desalinization of salt water from the Persian Gulf
b) refining petroleum oil into drinking water
c) importing water using the same ships that transport oil.
d) pumping water from the Black Sea through an overland pipeline.

Why might there be such a drastic difference in the per capita GDP of these selected countries of Southwest Asia (the Middle East)?
a) access to oil fields
b) foreign invasion
c) lack of urban areas
d) environmental disasters

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