AP Human Geography : Function of Boundaries

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for AP Human Geography

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Function Of Boundaries

The Great Wall of China is an example of which kind of boundary?

Possible Answers:

Geometric boundary

Religious boundary

Relic boundary

Antecedent boundary

Superimposed boundary

Correct answer:

Relic boundary

Explanation:

The Great Wall of China is an example of a relic boundary, or a nonfunctional boundary that still exists.

Example Question #2 : Function Of Boundaries

The key difference that led to the partition of India and Pakistan was that __________.

Possible Answers:

India was predominantly English-speaking, while Pakistan was predominantly Urdu-speaking.

India was predominantly Hindu, while Pakistan was predominantly Muslim.

India was a former British colony, while Pakistan was never under colonial rule.

India was predominantly Muslim, while Pakistan was predominantly Hindu.

India was allied with capitalist nations, while Pakistan was allied with communist nations.

Correct answer:

India was predominantly Hindu, while Pakistan was predominantly Muslim.

Explanation:

India and Pakistan were both part of the British Raj, which encompassed modern day India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Sikkim. In 1947, Britain granted self-rule to its former dominions in Southeast Asia, and it was believed that most of the former Raj would become one country, known as India. However, Muslim leaders in the country wanted a Muslim country, creating East and West Pakistan. In 1972, West Pakistan became the independent nation of Bangladesh.

Example Question #3 : Function Of Boundaries

In which kind of state is the capital located in the center?

Possible Answers:

Prorupted

Fragmented

Compact

Elongated

Perforated

Correct answer:

Compact

Explanation:

Compact states feature their capitals in the center. No other type of state shape has a set capital location. Prorupted states are states wherein a piece of the state is projected. Elongated states are long and narrow. Perforated states feature a state fully enclosed inside another state's territory. Fragmented states have two or more pieces to them.

Example Question #4 : Function Of Boundaries

The boundary between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland is an example of a(n) __________.

Possible Answers:

geometric boundary

relic boundary

antecedent boundary

superimposed boundary

religious boundary

Correct answer:

religious boundary

Explanation:

The boundary between Northern Ireland (part of the United Kingdom) and the Republic of Ireland (an independent state) is an example of a religious boundary. The population of Northern Ireland is overwhelmingly Protestant, whereas the population of the Republic of Ireland is overwhelmingly Catholic. The proximity of these two religious groups, and the involvement of the English government, has led to a great deal of “trouble” in the past century.

Example Question #1 : Function Of Boundaries

The people of this ethnicity are rigidly divided between a communist North and a capitalist South?

Possible Answers:

Egyptian

Japanese

Korean

British

Russian

Correct answer:

Korean

Explanation:

Korea is an ancient and long-lasting nation. Although for much of its history has been incorporated into various empires the Korean ethnicity remains fairly homogenous and culturally relevant. Since the end of the Korean War in 1953 the Korean nationality has been divided between a communist North Korea and a capitalist South Korea.

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