AP Human Geography : Models of Agricultural Land Use

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Example Questions

Example Question #21 : Land Use & Cover

In contemporary times approximately how many Americans are engaged in agricultural work as their primary form of labor?

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

America, like most developed states around the world, has a very small percentage of its population employed in agricultural work. In the United States between one and two-percent of the population is currently employed in agricultural work as their primary form of labor. This question was guessable even if you did not know the exact number, because you should have guessed the lowest percentage available given the general trend of agricultural labor in America.

Example Question #51 : Rural Land Use & Settlement Patterns

Which of the following best describes how capital-intensive agriculture differs from labor-intensive agriculture?

Possible Answers:

It is practiced most commonly in communist countries

None of these

It requires less manual work

It is carried out on small land holdings

It has significantly smaller profit margins

Correct answer:

It requires less manual work

Explanation:

“Capital-intensive agriculture” is primarily distinguishable from labor-intensive agriculture in that capital-intensive agriculture makes greater use of machinery and involved relatively little manual labor.

Example Question #161 : Agriculture, Food Production, & Rural Land Use

Which of the following is an example of an emotional district as defined by Kevin Lynch?

Possible Answers:

An affluent suburb

A dockyard

A central business district

A dangerous neighborhood

A financial district

Correct answer:

A dangerous neighborhood

Explanation:

All of these are physical districts except for a dangerous neighborhood, which is an example of an “emotional district.” According to Kevin Lynch, an emotional district is an area of a city that an individual has emotional feelings about (i.e. “this is where wealthy people live” or “this is a dangerous neighborhood”).

Example Question #13 : Models Of Agricultural Land Use

In which of these American states is the agriculture similar to Mediterranean agriculture?

Possible Answers:

Florida

California

New York

Texas

Idaho

Correct answer:

California

Explanation:

California, with its temperate and reliable climate and its varied terrain, has a very similar style of agriculture as that practiced in the Mediterranean. This is why traditional Mediterranean crops like grapes and olives grow so well in regions of California.

Example Question #14 : Models Of Agricultural Land Use

Which of these descriptions most accurately describes a “milkshed?”

Possible Answers:

A process designed to ensure that a cow produces the maximum dairy yield

A milk producing region

None of these answers are correct.

A building used for dairy farming

A veterinarian who specializes in cattle

Correct answer:

A milk producing region

Explanation:

A “milkshed” is the term applied to an agricultural region in which milk is produced in large numbers.

Example Question #51 : Rural Land Use & Settlement Patterns

In the Von Thunen model which of these would be closest to the center of the city?

Possible Answers:

Dairy farms

Poultry farms

Wheat and grain farms

Ranching

Plantations

Correct answer:

Dairy farms

Explanation:

In the Von Thunen model crops that spoil easily, such as dairy products, are most likely to be located close to urban centers to decrease transit time.

Example Question #31 : Land Use & Cover

According to Derwent Whittlesey’s theory on agricultural regions, which of these areas of agriculture is not considered vital to developing societies?

Possible Answers:

Intensive subsistence; rice

Shifting cultivation

Pastoral nomadism

All of these are considered vital to developing societies.

Plantation

Correct answer:

All of these are considered vital to developing societies.

Explanation:

Derwent Whittlesey identified five key agricultural practices - as well as regions in which they were commonly practiced - that he considered vital to maintaining the population of developing societies. These include plantations; pastoral nomadism; intensive subsistence, rice; intensive subsistence, not rice; and shifting cultivation.

Example Question #941 : Ap Human Geography

Planned-agricultural economies are closely associated with __________.

Possible Answers:

Capitalism

Communism

Pastoralism

Evangelism

Mercantilism

Correct answer:

Communism

Explanation:

In a “planned-agricultural economy” the government controls all aspects of the production, sale, and exchange of agricultural produce. The supply and the price are both set by the government. This type of agricultural economy is closely associated with communist countries, although it is practiced in capitalist societies too. Planned-agricultural economies were common in China and the Soviet Union in the twentieth century, particularly when the two countries were under the control of Mao and Stalin, respectively.

Example Question #31 : Land Use & Cover

In the Von Thunen model which of these would be the furthest distance from the centre of the city?

Possible Answers:

Wheat and grain farms

Vegetable gardens

Dairy farms

Forestation

Ranching

Correct answer:

Ranching

Explanation:

In the Von Thunen model ranching and livestock agriculture is generally located the furthest distance from urban centers. This is because these forms of agriculture require more space and consist of produce that remains edible for a relatively long period of time.

Example Question #11 : Models Of Agricultural Land Use

Most dairy farming in the United States occurs in which of these states?

Possible Answers:

Montana

New York

California

Wisconsin

Texas

Correct answer:

California

Explanation:

Despite its reputation Wisconsin is actually the second largest dairy-producing state in the United States. The honor of being the largest dairy producing state goes to California. Much of America’s dairy farming is concentrated in the upper Midwest, but California still produces almost a quarter of all America’s dairy produce.

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