AP Human Geography : Monoculture

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for AP Human Geography

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Monoculture

Which of the following is an example of a monoculture?

Possible Answers:

An organic farm must pick the crops by hand, because they grow many different species together.

Biotech giant Monsanto grows one variety of corn over thousands of acres.

A single coastal redwood tree has over fifty species of plants and fungi growing on it.

A fruit orchard contains apple, pear, and orange trees.

Correct answer:

Biotech giant Monsanto grows one variety of corn over thousands of acres.

Explanation:

Monoculture refers to the practice of growing one species or variety of plant within a given area. The prefix "mono" means "one."

Eliminate options about the orchard, the redwood, and the organic farm. All you have left is Monsanto.

Example Question #2 : Monoculture

What term is given to the deliberate cultivation of only one crop in a large land area?

Possible Answers:

Agribusiness

Husbandry

Monoculture

Pastoralism

Aquaculture

Correct answer:

Monoculture

Explanation:

The term “monoculture” is used to describe the deliberate cultivation of only one single crop in a large land area. Monoculture has increased in practice in recent years as it allows for easier mechanized harvesting and more efficient large-scale farming.

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