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1.     The Iberian Peninsula is occupied by Spain and ____________________ .
     Portugal
2.     There is evidence that human populations existed in Spain as early as during the ___________________ period.
     Paleolithic
3.     Spain was never part of the Roman Empire. True or false?
     false
4.     Who were the Moors?
     Muslims who ruled Spain for nearly 700 years
5.     Briefly describe the geographical features of some of Spain's northern regions.
     description
6.     Where is the sacred shrine of Saint James the Apostle located?
     Galicia ( Santiago de Compostela )
7.     What is a "ría"?
     an estuary, or drowned river mouth
8.     The Atlantic coastal region of Spain is far more [rural / agricultural / industrialized] than the country's other regions.
     industrialized
9.     Discuss how the rugged Cantabrian mountains affected Spanish history.
     discussion
10.     What is the "meseta"?
     the vast interior plateau of Spain
11.     _________________ is Spain's largest city, and Europe's highest capital city.
     Madrid
12.     The Escorial was a huge cathedral built by Philip II for all of his subjects. True or false?
     true
13.     What are some of the agricultural products produced on the "meseta"?
     wheat, olives, sunflowers, grapes
14.     How were the windy plains of La Mancha made famous?
     by Miguel de Cervantes's classic - Don Quixote
15.     Briefly describe the city of Toledo.
     description
16.     Which region was home to many of the conquistadores (for example,. Hernan Cortez) and to the Spanish businessmen who helped to establish Spain's empire in the New World?
     Extremadura
17.     What is the Guadalquivir?
     one of Spain's major rivers
18.     What are some of the chief agricultural products produced in Andalucía?
     vegetables, olive oil, wine, sugar cane
19.     In what year did the Moors, or Muslims, arrive in Spain?
     711 A.D.
20.     Briefly describe the city of Córdoba.
     description
21.     In 1492, the armies of ______________________ and __________________________ defeated the last Moorish kingdom
     Ferdinand of Aragón and Isabella of Castille
22.     The Tower of Gold is located in which city?
     Seville
23.     The Alhambra was, at one time, a Moorish fortress, but was later converted into a palace for Catholic monarchs. True or false?
     true
24.     The Strait of Gibraltar allowed Spain contact with _____________________________ .
     North Africa
25.     What is the "Levant"?
     part of Spain's Mediterranean coast
26.     Windmills, such as those found near Mar Menor, were once used to aid _____________ .
     irrigation
27.     Valencia's coastal plains are known for producing what crop?
     rice
28.     Pamplona is the capital city of a Basque province. True or false?
     true
29.     __________________ is Spain's most important Mediterranean port and its second-largest city.
     Barcelona
30.     The Costa Brava is an area most famous for its [wineries / shrimping industry / tourism].
     tourism
31.     What is the "sardana"?
     a regional dance of Spain
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