Chapter 12 geography

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What is the most serious natural hazard in Bangladesh?


Where do most people in South Asia live?

In compact rural villages

What is the name for India’s secluded or untouchable caste?


The Buddha

was born into a wealthy family in northern India.

What group of people is at the top of the Hindu caste (varna) system?

Brahmins (priestly class)

With which religion was the Mughal Empire of South Asia identified?


Why did the Bengalis in the former East Pakistan fight for independence?

They felt they were treated as second-class citizens.

What climatic factor dominates South Asia, often causing summer floods?


What is the rain-shadow effect?

the area of low rainfall found on the leeward (downwind) side of a mountain range

What physical feature is needed for orographic precipitation to occur?


Which country of South Asia has the largest population in the region?


Which of the following phrases best describes the outcome of the Green Revolution?

an agricultural success, but an ecological and social failure

What religion dominates in India?


What religion dominates in Pakistan and Bangladesh?


What work are Sikh men noted for?


What are the sources of ethnic violence in Sri Lanka?

cultural and political differences

India’s economy is most advanced in what economic activity?

software development

South Asia could soon surpass East Asia to become the world’s most populous region


The Punjab is considered to be the breadbasket of Sri Lanka.


What is the most widely spoken language in South Asia?


What language has been suggested as a neutral national language in India?


Among the countries of South Asia, the Maldives is likely to be most concerned about climate change.


Which of the following countries of South Asia is an island?

Sri Lanka

What territory in South Asia is claimed by both India and Pakistan?


What name is sometimes given to the region of South Asia?

the Indian subcontinent

What are the causes of deforestation in South Asia?

All of the above

Who brought Islam to South Asia?

Persian warriors during the expansion of their empire

Who is the father-figure of Indian independence?

Mohandas Gandhi

What environmental damage often occurs after many years of irrigation?

soil salinization

Sikhism is a blend of what two religions?

Hinduism and Islam

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