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Study Guide Answers

1.     Which South American country contains most of the Amazon Basin?
     Brazil
2.     What is the largest river in the world?
     Amazon
3.     The Amazon River flows into which ocean?
     Atlantic
4.     The Amazon originates with the snow melt from which mountain range?
     Andes
5.     The Amazon Rain Forest makes up about ______________ [one-fourth/one-third/one-half] of the earth's surviving forests.
     one-third
6.     __________________ [Epiphytes/Lianas] are able to grow without being rooted in the soil.
     Epiphytes
7.     The rich growth of the Amazon Rain Forest actually rests upon thin, poor soil. True or false?
     True
8.     The Spanish-speaking or Portuguese-speaking people who live on small farm plots and the Amazon's bounty are called: a. coatimundis b. caboclos c. seringueiros d. orellanas
     b. Caboclos
9.     The source of chocolate is: a. papaya b. manioc c. cacao d. cassava
     c. Cacao
10.     The rubber tappers who venture deep into the Amazonian forest in search of rubber trees are called: a. coatimundis b. caboclos c. seringueiros d. orellanas
     d. Seringueiros
11.     Raising Amazonian cattle for beef threatens to destroy the rain forest. Would you be willing to spend an extra 25 cents for a fast food burger if the restaurant chains stopped importing cheaper Amazonian beef? How much are you willing to sacrifice in order to preserve the rain forest?
     discussion
12.     The Amazon is the home of more varieties of plants and animals than is any other area of comparable size in the world. Explain what biodiversity is and why it is vital to humans.
     discussion
13.     Discuss whether or not Americans have a right to criticize other nations for exploiting their own resources for economic reasons, given that much of our own development originated in and is maintained by similar exploitative processes.
     discussion
14.     How is the physical landscape of your hometown, region, or state different now from the way it was prior to modern development? What are the advantageous changes? What are the detrimental changes? How hard would it be to restore the natural environment?
     discussion
15.     Would you change living styles with the caboclos? What are some positive and negative aspects of their lives?
     discussion
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