SCHOOL OF GEOGRAPHY & EARTH SCIENCES - McMaster University
GEOG 1HA3 – HUMAN GEOGRAPHIES: SOCIETY & CULTURE
Mid-Term Test: Study Guide
▯ Test Date: Saturday October 5, 2013
▯ Test Time: 1:30-3:00 PM (the test will only take 60 minutes)
o We will begin the test when the testing centres/locations are ready (this may be 1:30 or it may be
1:45) – in any case, you will have 60 minutes to write the test
o Be sure to arrive early – don’t risk being late: we can NOT grant you extra time if you are
o Test locations will be announced via Avenue/A2L at least 48 hours prior to the
beginning of the test.
o Be sure to go to the correct location: we can NOT admit you, nor provide you with extra
time, if you go to the wrong location
▯ Worth: 15% of Final Grade
▯ Please wait OUTSIDE the test location until the test is set up and you are asked to enter
▯ Students that have been granted permission to write the test early will be notified (via their
McMaster email account) of the location (and date and time) of the ‘early write’.
▯ Please refer to your courseware (pp.29-30) if you are unable to write the Mid-Term due to
illness or other extenuating circumstance. It is your responsibility to follow all of the
procedures, precisely as stated in the courseware, if you wish to seek accommodation for
▯ Lecture Content: All lectures including Tuesday October 1, 2013
▯ Textbook Readings: Intro., Ch. 1, 2, & 5
o You have been given direct instructions (in lectures) to read certain sections of these
textbook chapters; these sections are considered of central importance. You should pay
very close attention to the material included in these sections.
o Other sections of the textbook readings are of contextual importance. This means that
we did not talk about them in lecture, but it does not mean they are unimportant. It
just means that the level of your understanding of this material does not need to be as
deep or thorough or detailed. If you have a general understanding of material
included in these sections, you should be fine.
o Please consult section 1.3.5 (p.16-17) in your courseware about strategies for reading.
▯ Lab Activities: Geographical (Map) Skills, GeoSpatial Literacy (Learning Modules), Academic
Integrity, Google Earth, précis writing, critically evaluating sources, cultural regions, etc. FORMAT:
▯ Two Sections:
1. Multiple Choice (approx. 30-40)
2. Short answer (approx. 5-10)
Question Types, Tips on How to Answer Them, & Example Questions:
1. Multiple Choice Questions:
▯ Multiple choice questions cover material from lectures, textbook readings, and Lab-
▯ You will need to record your multiple choice responses using the OMR/Scantron sheets.
Completion of these sheets is not difficult, but it is absolutely critical that they are
completed correctly otherwise your questions will not be marked by the Scantron
computer. A sample OMR/Scantron sheet can be found in your courseware (p.27).
Always begin using the pink/red side of the sheet. The most important pieces of
information that need to be recorded on your sheet are:
o ALWAYS COMPLETE THE SCANTRON SHEET IN PENCIL
o Print your First Name, Last Name and Student Number across the top of the sheet
in the spaces given
o Write your Student Number in the seven small boxes below the title “Student
o Completely fill-in the seven numbered circles (bubbles) underneath your
o In the column labeled “Version”, fill in the circle that corresponds with your
Test Version Number (see the beginning of your test paper for your version
o Fill in the circles for each of the multiple choice questions
Sample Multiple Choice Questions:
▯ Which of the following map types intentionally distorts space to emphasize the features being
a) Mental Map
d) MapIsoline Map
e) Map Projection
▯ Current United Nations projections suggest the world population which reach
___________ by the year 2050.
a) 6 billion
b) 15 billion
c) 12 billion
d) 9 billion
e) 2.5 billion ▯ Absolute space is objective while relative space is perceptual and subject to change. True or
2. Short Answer Questions
▯ Short answer questions cover material from lectures, textbook readings, and Lab-related
activities, and are designed to test your understanding of key concepts, and to evaluate your
ability to communicate this understanding.
▯ Several different types of short answer questions are possible:
o Differentiate – identify/define & explain the difference
o Explain, Explain the Significance of
o Interpret, Draw, Label & Identify maps, diagrams, etc.
▯ Please READ THE QUESTION – if we ask you to list, then please provide a list; if we ask for
a few sentences, then please respond using a few sentences.
▯ The number of marks per question may vary. Adjust the length and depth of your response
according to the number of marks allocated.
▯ Responses are to be made directly on the question paper, in the space provided. Do not
exceed the space given for each response.
Write your responses as clearly as possible – illegible responses may not be marked.
▯ NO Calculations are required for THIS test
o NO Calculators permitted
Sample Short Answer Questions:
▯ Charles Gritzner’s definition of human geography, ‘what is where, why there, and why care’
provides a useful framework for studying human geographic phenomena. Briefly explain the
meaning behind this definition, and then using an example of your choosing, outline how a
human geographer might approach the topic using Gritzner’s framework. (3 marks)
▯ Differentiate between location and place. (3 marks)
▯ Define region (1 mark). Using the process of regionalization, identify four or more regions
of the McMaster campus. (2 marks)
▯ List four sub-disciplinary areas within human geography. (2 marks)