Midterm Review Topics
Midterm (150 points): These are True/False, Multiple choice and short answer problems. The midterm will
be about 40 questions. The breakdown will approximately be:
35 multiple choice and true/false questions (3 points each)
5 short answers
(9 points each)
1. What does this measure and what factors contribute to a person's EF?
Planets. Travel, food,
recycling, transportation, organic goods, electricity, housing, shades, blinds.
1. Why do we care about population growth? Define carrying capacity.
regional populations. Carrying capacity = population size of species that an environment can sustain
indefinitely giving food, habitat, water available to the environment.
2. How large is the carrying capacity of the Earth? Does the Earth have one? How is this
No real known carrying capacity of the earth but its been estimated of 8-16 billion human
population. We know that there is a “ceiling” – that there is a max that the earth can hold and sustain us
for but we don’t know that max.
3. What factors are measured to determine a country’s population growth rate? What does ZPG
stand for and what does it signify?
Amount of death and birth rates, avg age of reproduction, age
structure of population. ZPG – zero population growth. It can be a choice of passage of maintaining
population grown. It’s a demographic balance where # of people in population neither grows nor declines.
occurs when births + immigration just equal deaths + emigration creating a strong work force that is able
to tak e
4. What factors affect population growth? What limits populations and carrying capacity?
Resources, food, habitat, technology.
5. Which countries of the world have the largest population growth rates and how do these rates
relate to development?
Asia and Africa most and urban populations.
1. Where are a majority of the world’s populations located? What are some of the highest density
regions of the world?
Major populations are in India and China.
1. Why might a country want to slow it’s population growth? Why might it not want to? How do
governments slow fertility rates? How do individuals slow fertility rates? What biological factors
slow fertility rate?
Overpopulation in relations to resources. To little habitat. It wouldn’t want to because
population growth = consumption = money. Smaller families. Educate women, avail of family planning
and contraceptives, increase in meidan household income, state mandates (higher income level, use of
contraceptives, breast feeding [slows ovulation], steriliation) societal - higher education, income. delaying
droof rncyate and frequcy.