AP Human Geography : Changing Demographic & Social Structures

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for AP Human Geography

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Changing Demographic & Social Structures

Counter urbanization is most likely to occur in __________.

Possible Answers:

highly undeveloped regions

highly developed regions

None of these answers are correct.

moderately developed regions

rural communities

Correct answer:

highly developed regions

Explanation:

“Counter urbanization” refers to the process by which a significant portion of the population of an urban center starts to migrate away from the city to live in suburbs or rural areas. This of course cannot happen without large-scale urbanization and the acquisition of wealth so it is most likely to occur in highly developed regions.

Example Question #11 : Contemporary Urban Issues

The term __________ is applied to young people who move back into inner city areas and away from suburbs in search of close proximity to work and entertainment.

Possible Answers:

millennials

hipsters

hippies

yuppies

chavs

Correct answer:

yuppies

Explanation:

The term “yuppie” is a reasonably modern term that is derived from “young professional.” It is a term usually applied to young, reasonably affluent people who move from the suburbs into inner city areas in search of close proximity to work and entertainment.

Example Question #12 : Contemporary Urban Issues

An exurbanite is someone who __________.

Possible Answers:

has left the inner city to live in the suburbs

lives in the suburbs, but works in the city

migrates to different cities to find seasonal work

lives in the city, but works in the suburbs

has left the suburbs to live in the inner city

Correct answer:

has left the inner city to live in the suburbs

Explanation:

An “exurbanite” is someone who has left the inner city to live in the suburbs. It may also describe people who used to live in the city in general who have moved to rural areas. Someone who works in the city and lives in the suburbs is called a "suburbanite."

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