Land Title: Environmental Science: Systems and Solutions, Fourth Edition Authors: Michael I. McKinney, Robert M. Schoch, Logan Yonavjak
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Practice Quizzes

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1:  Which of the following is NOT true of environmental wisdom?
A: It is the ability to make correct decisions after sorting through the facts.
B: It is gained through education and practical experience.
C: It is the knowledge of a large body of facts in specific areas.
D: It is often called holistic.

2:  Environmental problems arise from
A: resource depletion
B: pollution
C: both A&B
D: none of the above

3:  Which of the following is characteristic of exponential growth?
A: 3, 6, 12, 24, 48
B: 3, 13, 23, 33, 43
C: 3, 28, 53, 78, 103
D: 100, 150, 175, 188, 194

4:  Which of the following is most consistent with a sustainability philosophy?
A: increasing the effectiveness of automobile catalytic converters
B: increasing the number of tree plantings in a community
C: improving the effectiveness of the legal system in enforcing anti-pollution laws
D: providing industries with smoke stack scrubbers to decrease the incidence of acid rain

5:  What appears to be the most effective method of treating the "tragedy of the commons"?
A: increasing common resources
B: eliminating common resources
C: decreasing population
D: regulation

6:  When all environmental costs are included, gasoline should cost about $3.50 per gallon. Yet the average price of a gallon has remained at less than $2.50. This is an example of
A: market failure.
B: overshoot.
C: efficiency improvements.
D: input reduction.

7:  Which of the following is NOT true of green fees?
A: They tend to be most effective when phased in slowly.
B: They promote conservation and reduce pollution.
C: They include deposits of cans and bottles to promote recycling.
D: They are encouraged by the U.S. more than most industrialized countries.

8:  Which of the following is true about the population explosion?
A: It is most severe in the northern hemisphere.
B: It can most likely be cured by education.
C: It is often driven by poverty.
D: It is becoming less severe since the gap between developed and developing nations is narrowing.

9:  The authors believe that the most effective method of defusing the population bomb in developing countries would be to
A: eliminate the developing countries foreign debt
B: make appropriate payments for environmental goods and services.
C: increase foreign aid.
D: encourage industrialization and modernization

10:  From Figure 1-15 determine the approximate price per barrel of oil in 1980.
A: About $55/barrel
B: About $45/barrel
C: About $50/barrel
D: About $35/barrel

11:  With respect to matter, the earth is a(n)__________ system and with respect to energy, the earth is a(n) _________ system.
A: open; closed
B: closed; open
C: open; open
D: closed; closed

12:  An increase in population which produces poverty which causes a further increase in population is an example of
A: the interrelatedness of systems.
B: a positive feedback.
C: the openness of systems.
D: the complexity of systems.

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