Praxis Chapter 2 United States History

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  1. What are the six major regions of the United States?
    • Northeast
    • Southeast
    • Southern Region
    • Midwest
    • High Plains
    • Northwest
    • Southwest
  2. The                 has a varied geography of rivers, lakes, valleys, plateaus, and mountains. It is bordered on the east by the Atlantic Ocean and on the west by the Ohio River and by Lake Erie and Lake Ontario (two of the Great Lakes). This region's Southern border is the boundary between Pennsylvania and Maryland
  3. The Northeast contains the _________ Mountain Range which extends in a northeasterly direction from Georgia into Maine.
  4. The waterways in the Northeast include the ________, __________, and __________ rivers.
    • Delaware
    • Hudson
    • Connecticut
  5. Vegetation in the Northeast is mainly ________ and _________ forests.
    mixed, deciduous
  6. ___________ contains the broad Atlantic Coastal Plain, which gradually widens from Maryland in a southwesterly direction until it meets Gulf Coastal Plain on the edge of the Gulf of Mexico.
  7. The __________ and __________ _________ Mountains are the highest elevations in the Southeast.
    Appalachian, Blue Ridge
  8. The waterways in the Southeast include _______, _________,_________, __________, __________, ___________, and __________ rivers.
    • Potomac
    • James
    • Roanoke
    • Savannah
    • Chattahoochie
    • Mississippi
    • Red
  9. The vegetation in the Southeast is primarily mixed forest between the ________ Coast and the _________ mountains and deciduous forest between the Appalachians and the ________ and _______ Rivers.
    • Atlantic
    • Appalachian
    • Mississippi
    • Ohio
  10. The _________ is bordered on the north by four of the Great Lakes: Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, and Lake Erie. The regions eastern border is the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, and the Rocky Mountains form its western border. The states of Kansas and Missouri are the southern border of this region.
  11. The main physical characteristics of the Midwest are the ____________ Plains and __________ Plains.
    • Interior
    • Great
  12. The major rivers in the Midwest include _______, ________, ________, _________, and ____________.
    • Ohio
    • Illinois
    • Mississippi
    • Platte
    • Arkansas
  13. The Midwest's vegetation is deciduous forest in its _______, with mixed evergreen forests int the extreme _________ parts (Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.) On the ________ side of the region, the vegetation changes to tall grass ______ and then short grass prairie closer to the _________ Mountains.
    • center
    • northern
    • western
    • prairie
    • Rocky
  14. The _________ region rises out of the Great Plains into the Rocky Mountains and then proceeds to the Pacific Ocean at a generally much higher altitude than in the rest of the United States.
  15. A large part of the _______ is desert.
  16. The Sonoran and Painted deserts are in ________.
  17. The Mojave Desert is in _________.
  18. The _________ _________ is surrounded by the Rocky Mountains, and the Great Basin which lies between the Rocky Mountains and the Sierra Nevada mountain range.
    Colorado Plateau
  19. The _______ ________ of California extends north to south between the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Coast Ranges.
    Central Valley
  20. North of the Great Basin, the _______ _______ lies between the Rocky Mountains and the Cascade Range in the state of Oregon and Washington.
    Columbia Plateau
  21. The major rivers in the West include the ______, _______, ________, _________, ________, _________, _______, and ________ rivers
    • Pecos
    • Rio Grande
    • Colorado
    • Gila
    • Snake
    • Columbia

    • Sacramento
    • San Joaquin
  22. The vegetation in the west is a mix of evergreen forest and shrub in the ________ _________, _______ in most of Arizona, southeastern California Nevada and Utah. The Valleys in California, Oregon, and Washington have a mix of _______ grass prairie and _____ forest
    • mountain ranges
    • desert
    • short
    • mixed
  23. The ___________ __________ runs through the Rocky Mountains.
    Continental Divide
  24. Rivers to the west of the Continental Divide drain into the __________ Ocean while those on the east drain into the _______ Ocean an the _______ of _______.
    • Pacific
    • Atlantic Ocean
    • Gulf of Mexico
  25. The _________ is the driest climate in the country.
  26. Over _____ rivers cross the Continental (lower 48) States.
  27. The US  _________ ________ is a part of the Department of the Interior and identifies the 32 largest rivers in the US based on three characteristics: 1.____________, 2. ___________, and 3. ___________.
    • Geological Survey
    • total length from source to mouth
    • area of basin (or watershed) drained by the stream
    • the average rate of flow or discharge at the mouth of the river
  28. Of the 32 rivers ____ are tributaries to the other rivers on the list.
  29. The ____ largest rivers discharge directly into an ____, ______, _______, or _____.
    • 20
    • ocean
    • sea
    • gulf
    • bay
  30. The __________ River divides the the country roughly into one-third to the east and two-thirds to the west, and it has the largest discharge and drainage area.
  31. The largest rivers in the US by size are:______, ________, ________, and ________.
    • Missouri River
    • Mississippi River
    • Yukon River (in Alaska)
    • Rio Grande River (runs through Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas)
  32. Three of the four major deserts of North America are contained in a geological region called the
    Basin and Range Province
  33. The Basin and Range Province lies between the _____ ______ ______to the east and the ______ _____ _______ ______ to the west.
    • Rocky Mountain Range
    • Sierra Nevada Mountain Range
  34. The ______ _____ ______ is the largest US desert and covers about 190,000 square miles
    Great Basin Desert
  35. The Great Basin Desert is bordered by the _______ ______ _____ on the west, the _____ _____ on the east, the _______ _______ to the north, and the ______ and ________ deserts to the South.
    • Sierra Nevada Range
    • Rocky Mountains
    • Columbia Plateau
    • Mojave and Sonoran (deserts)
  36. The __________ desert is the hottest of the deserts.
  37. One of the playas in the Sonoran desert is called the ______
    Salton Sea
  38. The Salton Sea was filled by flood waters from the ____ _____ in 1906 and remains full.
    Colorado River
  39. The first people to inhabit the Americas came by way of the _____ _____
    Bering Strait
  40. The Northernmost Native American culture that survives today is the ______
  41. The Inuit are _____ maritime hunters, concentrating on seal and walrus
  42. The Inuit live in the ________ ________ of North America
    arctic regions
  43. The ________ are Northwest Indians
  44. The Kwakiutl Indians were primarily ______ fishers.
  45. The Kwakiutl lived in __________ _______ stretching from Northern California to Southern Alaska.
    permanent villages
  46. The Anasazi lived in the far _________.
  47. The Anasazi were ______ _______ who settled east of the Grand Canyon in the Four Corners area (Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona)
    cliff dwellers
  48. The Anasazi planted _______ and _______ ______ for food.
    Maize, Hunted animals
  49. In the 13th century _______ reduced the Anasazi foodsupply.
  50. After the drought destroyed their food supply, the Anasazi relocated to farming communities along the ____ _____ ____.
    Rio Grande River
  51. The Spanish called the Anasazi communities _______.

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Praxis Chapter 2 United States History
2013-12-09 05:49:49
chapter US

Physical and geographical features of the United States
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