AP Human Geography : Cash Cropping

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for AP Human Geography

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Cash Cropping

Which of the following is not a feature of an agricultural cash crop?

Possible Answers:

Produced according to market trends

Grown for maximum efficiency

Not suitable for subsistence farming

Frequently grown as a monoculture

Only kept by the producer and never distributed

Correct answer:

Only kept by the producer and never distributed

Explanation:

A "cash crop" is an agricultural crop that is purposely made strictly to be sold in a market environment for as much money as possible. Most cash crops, which include cotton, opium, grains, and many other products, are grown in a monoculture environment, where they are the only product grown on a piece of land. By their nature, cash crops are not a form of subsistence farming, as they are always produced to be used beyond a grower's own home and family.

Example Question #1 : Cash Cropping

Which of the following terms best describes the practices of a group of farmers who rely on one or two economically lucrative crops?

Possible Answers:

Pastoralism

Cash Cropping

Ranching

Aquaculture

Correct answer:

Cash Cropping

Explanation:

When farmers grow a few lucrative crops, they cash cropping. Cash cropping involves growing one or a few crops that can be sold for a relatively high price. 

Example Question #2 : Rural Land Use & Settlement Patterns

Most cash crops are grown __________.

Possible Answers:

in the developed world

through aquaculture

on small cooperatives

on plantations

through hydroponics

Correct answer:

on plantations

Explanation:

A cash crop is a crop like coffee or tobacco; something that is grown for profit and to meet some luxury rather than to sustain the population. Cash crops are primarily grown on plantations in the developing world. Cash crops, while generally grown in the developing world, are most often exported to the developed world.

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