Sunday, May 23, 2010
Demographics and topical issues quizzes
A 2. Arabic greeting; "Peace!" a) Salaam b) Ramadan c) Shalom d) Ciao.
A 3. Jersey is one of the Channel Islands on the coast of Normandy, France. It is owned by the a) British
b) French c) Irish d) Belgians.
D 4. The remaining piece of the US Ethnic Population circle graph, according to the US Census Bureau, after
giving slices to Hispanics, African-Americans, Asians, American Indians and other minority groups: a) 19%
b) 44% c) 66% d) 74%.
B 5. New Orleanians refer to suburbs such as Kenner as being on the West Bank. Decide whether the French Quarter is on the a) West Bank or b) East Bank.
B 6. The damage to New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina was due mostly to a) wind damage b) levee failure
c) loss of wetlands d) catastrophic conditions.
A 7. Because of its rivers and widespread deposits of alluvial soil, Louisiana has developed much of its wealth through a) agriculture b) petroleum c) seafood d) history.
C 8. A landlocked, mountainous nation in which the Taliban once sheltered the operations of al Qaeda.
a) Iran b) Iraq c) Afghanistan d) Pakistan.
B 9. Most directly associated with the 9/11 attacks: a) Taliban b) al Qaeda c) Afghanis d) Arabians.
A 10. a) Henry Hudson b) Hernan DeSoto c) Lewis and Clark: Which exploring group opened the Atlantic rim to trade and development?
A 11. A) Conservative b) liberal: strongly supports lower taxes.
A 12. A) Conservative b) liberal: strongly against government regulations that control the economy.
Haiti and topical issues quiz
1. Name the 2 leaders of Russia today.
2. Technically, Russia is a democracy. Yet a different type kind of
governmental attitude is implied in the animation story. What type
govt do the Russians, in effect, have?
3. Recent research implies that the dominant force in good manners
(p4) may be a) inborn trait b) parental training c) school-based
4. Cyber ninjas: what field would you enter if you wanted to help
business and govt defend against felonious hackers?
5. Julius Caesar had his greatest success in Gaul, which is today's
nations of __ and __ . There he led Roman forces to a long hoped-for
victory over the a) Celts b) Germanic forces c) Slavs.
6. When Caesar became the emperor, he came under the suspicion of
members of the Roman Senate. Worried that he would become a dictator,
the group assassinated him. That took place in 44 BCE, in the nation
of __, in the city of __ .
7. It is estimated that your classmates spend about __ hours per day
on digital devices.
8. Have you checked your average daily usage of electonic-type units?
Your guesstimate: __ hours.
9. One reason sushi is not a cheap supper? In other words, what's an
example of the price per pound for tuna in the Tokyo fish market?
1o. The funny thing is, you cannot tell the height of people appearing
on the Tv screen. Yet prosperous South Koreans are worried. What's the
11. The Burj Khalifa is located in __. It towers over the __ Gulf.
12. The Burj is taller than the former World Trade Center. It is
almost __ as tall. a) one-fourth b) one third c) twice.
13. Sketch a fresh map of the neighbors of Haiti. Identify 5 land
bodies and 3 seas.
14. On the map, list 5 descriptions of the earthquake's impact.
15. List 3 practical reasons that motivate the US rescue attempts.
16. Timeline Haiti: importantly, there was a 30-year period of
exploitation that was led by __ __ and his son, __ __ .
17. Name 8 major companies that have recently sued each other over
18. What government unit tries to enforce complaints in regards false ads?
19. "Hyperbole and illusion are predictable products of a capitalist,
consumer society." Translate or define the 4 key words.
20. South Africa experienced a major upheaval in the year __, when the
government allowed changes that led to the freedom of fabled protest
leader __ __.
21. Disassembly of the the racist system called __ extended voting
rights and other civil rights to people of the category termed __ .
22. South Africa's top difficulties today: __ unemployment; __ in
poverty; __ of the population diagnosed with HIV; high rates of __
23. S. Af's worst problem is educational achievement. Its drop-out
rate: __ of students do not graduate from secondary school.
Tues: Cutting. coloring, pasting and annotating the Monuments of Paris
map project. Followed by a comparison-based Monuments of London project. Same method and criteria.
1. Vladimir Putin, PM, and Dmitri Medvedev, president.
2. Dictatorship. More technically, they have an oligarchy.
An oligarchy, says Wikipedia, is a form of government in which power effectively rests with a small elite segment of society distinguished by royalty, wealth, intellect, family ties, military might, or religion hegemony. The word oligarchy is from the Greek words for "few" (ὀλίγος olígos) and "rule" (ἀρχή arkhē). Such states are often controlled by politically powerful families whose children are heavily conditioned and mentored to be heirs of the power of the oligarchy.
Oligarchies have been tyrannical throughout history, being completely reliant on public servitude to exist. Although Aristotle pioneered the use of the term as a synonym for rule by the rich, for which the exact term is plutocracy, oligarchy is not always a rule by wealth, as oligarchs can simply be a privileged group. Some city-states from ancient Greece were oligarchies. The combination of the words plutocracy and oligarchy make the word plutarchy.
3. A; largely inborn.
4. Careers? computer security
5. France, Belgium, a) Celts
6. Rome, Italy
7. digital usage: 7.5 hours
8. 4 hrs
9. Japanese tuna: $3,450 per lb.
10. S Koreans are sending kids to growth clinics in attempts to produce taller offspring.
11. Burj Khalifa: Dubai. Persian Gulf.
12. c; twice as tall
13. Hispaniola, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Bahamas, Florida, Cuba, Jamaica; Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, Atlantic.
14. a) Earthquake killed several hundred thousand, injured more. b) millions homeless. c) Port-au- Prince, city of 2 million, leveled. d) overwhelmed the govt. e) illegal immigrants flee to US.
15. Prevent large illegal migration, humanitarian reasons, in best interests of US for future.
16. Dictator Papa Doc Duvalier, Baby Doc Duvalier, 1956 - 1986.
17. ATT vs Verizon, Campbell's vs Progresso, Dove vs Pantene, Sci Diet vs Iams.
18. The FTC, Fed Trade Commission.
19. hyperbole: exaggeration;
illusion, falsely appears to exist;
capitalist, free market;
consumer, based on choices by people who purchase.
20. 1990 - 91; Nelson Mandela.
21. apartheid, Bantu or Colored.
22. S Af: 25% unemployment; 50% in poverty; 14% of the population diagnosed with HIV; high rates of violent crime.
23. 50% drop-out rate.