AP Human Geography : Organization of the World Economy

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for AP Human Geography

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Example Questions

Example Question #11 : Organization Of The World Economy

Which of these is an example of a quinary economic activity?

Possible Answers:

teaching

ecotourism

real estate

mining

manufacturing

Correct answer:

ecotourism

Explanation:

Quinary economic activities are sometimes considered to be a subset of quaternary economic activities, and sometimes considered their own separate category - it largely depends on which economist or geographer you ask. The primary difference between quinary and quaternary is that quinary involves high-level thinking and policy-making based on a large quantity of research and data. Something like ecotourism, that combines environmental conservatism with the industry of tourism, is an example of a quinary economic activity.

Example Question #52 : Contemporary Patterns Of Industrialization & Development

Which of these levels of economic activity is concerned with the generation and sharing of knowledge and research?

Possible Answers:

Quinary

Quaternary

Secondary

Tertiary

Primary

Correct answer:

Quaternary

Explanation:

The generation of knowledge and the sharing of research are associated with quaternary economic activities. Examples of this include teaching, tourism, and customer service. As the economies of Europe and North America have transitioned away from primary and secondary economic activities the majority of the population has become employed in quaternary or tertiary economic activities.

Example Question #51 : Contemporary Patterns Of Industrialization & Development

The world’s busiest port is found in __________.

Possible Answers:

Shanghai

Sao Paulo

New York City

Mumbai

Copenhagen

Correct answer:

Shanghai

Explanation:

The world’s biggest port in contemporary times is Shanghai. Shanghai is a port city in eastern China. In the last few decades China’s trade, particularly its exports, have grown dramatically. Rapid industrialization and immense government spending have contributed to this and China is now the biggest trading partner for the majority of countries in the world (overtaking the United States).

Example Question #391 : Ap Human Geography

Which of these is an example of a tertiary economic activity?

Possible Answers:

Retail

Mining

Ecotourism

Defense

Agriculture

Correct answer:

Retail

Explanation:

Tertiary economic activities include anything that has to do with the sale or exchange of goods. Retail, or the business of selling things, is one of the biggest areas of tertiary economic activity. Other examples include cab driving, real estate, and entertainment.

Example Question #391 : Ap Human Geography

Which of these levels of economic activity is concerned with the harvesting of raw materials?

Possible Answers:

Tertiary

Quinary

Secondary

Quaternary

Primary

Correct answer:

Primary

Explanation:

The evolution of western economies can be mapped to the growth from primary economic activities to quaternary and quinary economic activities. It is often assumed that this process can be transferred to the developing world, but there have been some notable exceptions that suggest that not all countries will experience the same manner of progression. Primary economic activities are concerned with the harvesting of raw materials - industries like agriculture and mining.

Example Question #11 : Organization Of The World Economy

The Law of Retail Gravitation states that __________.

Possible Answers:

the interaction between two places is directly proportional to the size of those two places

None of these answers are correct.

the interaction between two places is directly proportional to the distance between two places

cultural ideas spread uniformly from one central area outwards in all directions to outlying regions

people are naturally attracted to large cities to carry out business and seek opportunities

Correct answer:

people are naturally attracted to large cities to carry out business and seek opportunities

Explanation:

The Law of Retail Gravitation states that large cities exert a natural gravitational pull on the people who live near them (and sometimes even people who live very far away). Accordingly people are naturally drawn to large cities because cities represent economic opportunity.

Example Question #11 : Organization Of The World Economy

Which of these is an example of a primary economic activity?

Possible Answers:

Teaching

Retail

Medicine

Manufacturing

Fishing

Correct answer:

Fishing

Explanation:

Primary economic activities include anything to do with the harvesting or mining of raw materials. Fishing is an example of a primary economic activity that goes on throughout the world and has been part of the human economy for thousands of years. Other examples include farming, hunting, mining, and wood chopping.

Example Question #62 : Contemporary Patterns Of Industrialization & Development

Which of these levels of economic activity is concerned with manufacturing and the assembly of raw materials?

Possible Answers:

Quaternary

Tertiary

Primary

Quinary

Secondary

Correct answer:

Secondary

Explanation:

Secondary economic activities are areas of business concerned with the manufacturing or assembly of raw materials into products that can be sold on the mass-market. During the Industrial Revolution most of Europe and the United States of America was engaged in secondary economic activities.

Example Question #63 : Contemporary Patterns Of Industrialization & Development

In the Core-Periphery Model the “periphery” includes all of the following except _____________.

Possible Answers:

Albania

Ethiopia

Afghanistan

All of these countries are considered to be in the “periphery.”

Bolivia

Correct answer:

All of these countries are considered to be in the “periphery.”

Explanation:

Countries in the “periphery” are countries that have a very low standard of living and low levels of industrial productivity. Bolivia is in the Andean region of South America, which is mostly comprised of “periphery” countries. Afghanistan is in the Middle East, which is mostly comprised of “periphery” countries. Ethiopia is in Africa, which is almost entirely comprised of “periphery” countries with a couple of notable exceptions (like South Africa and Nigeria). Albania is in Southeastern Europe and is easily one of the poorest countries in Europe.  

Example Question #11 : Organization Of The World Economy

Silicon Valley is an example of a(n) __________.

Possible Answers:

Acculturation

Agglomeration

Conglomeration

Brick and mortar business

E-business

Correct answer:

Agglomeration

Explanation:

The term “agglomeration” is used to describe the process by which a certain region becomes known for producing a certain product. Examples of this include Los Angeles for movies, Houston for energy, or Silicon Valley for computer technology. “Agglomeration” occurs when many different companies, within the same industry, set up their offices in the same area. This leads to a concentration of talent and resources and further exacerbates the “agglomeration.”

 

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