Geography 357 Fall 2017, Exam 1 Study Guide

The exam will be a mixture of map, multiple choice and short essay questions. To prepare for these questions, be sure that you have read the nine required readings listed below, watched the video, completed and studied the climographs, viewed the ppts, completed the questions sets and studied the question set keys.



1. Bates, Marston. 1952. “Tropical Climates”.

2. Bates, Marston. 1952. “The Rain Forest”.

3. Carr, Archie. 1953. “The Weeping Woods".

4. Denevan, William. 1992. The Pristine Myth: The Landscape of the Americas in 1492.  Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 83: 369-385.

5. West, R C. 1998. Mesoamerican Subsistence Techniques. Pp. 77-102 in Latin American Geography: Historical-Geographical Essays, 1941-1998, Miles E. Richardson (editor). Geoscience and Man, Baton Rouge.


7. Foote, T. 1991.  Where Columbus Was Coming From. Smithsonian, December 1991: 28-41.

8. Mee, Charles L. Jr. 1992. That Fateful Moment When Two Civilizations came Face to Face. Smithsonian  23: 56-69.



1. The Caribbean 1492. 


Power Point Presentations

1. Subduction

2. Weeping Woods

3. Forest Regions

4. An overview of Mexico’s physical geography

5. Middle America Physical Regions

6. Subsistence  

7. Maya Collapse


Short Essay Questions

To earn high scores on these questions you must use the terms to explain.  I am not asking you to simply write definitions.  Restrict your answers to the questions.  (5 points each)

1. Use the following terms to explain the restricted geographic distribution of quetzals: fruit, cloud forests, islands, migrate.

2. Use the following terms to characterize the differences between pre-Columbian Mesoamerican subsistence techniques in tierra caliente and tierra templada: terraces, population density, irrigation, slash and burn, dispersed settlements.


3. Use the following terms to explain why 18th century observers might have concluded that large areas of Central America were pristine: demographic catastrophe, ecological succession, population density.  

4. Use the following terms to explain the differences between the physical geography of Mexico's Pacific and Gulf Coasts: tierra caliente, tierra templada, orographic precipitation, elevation, winds.

5. Use the following terms to explain Mexico's physiography: subduction, volcanism, erosion, basins, limestone.