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1 6th Grade Third Nine Weeks Benchmark Assessment Multiple Choice Identify the choice that best completes the statement or answers the question. Key Concepts 1 Latin America is located in the A Northern Hemisphere. C Western Hemisphere. B Southern Hemisphere. D Eastern Hemisphere. 2 Central America has multiple landforms, such as A icy tundra and glaciers. C deserts and savanna. B coral reefs and sandy beaches. D mountains, volcanoes, and coastal plains. 3 What two bodies of land does the isthmus of Central America connect? A the Caribbean and South America C Mexico and the United States B South America and North America D Mexico and the Caribbean 4 Some Caribbean islands are formed from the tops of underwater mountains while others are formed from A earthquakes and hurricanes. C active volcanoes. B the skeletons of tiny sea animals. D high, flat plateaus. 5 The tropical wet and dry climate of the Caribbean is good for farming A bananas and sugarcane. C alfalfa and wheat. B potatoes and tea. D corn and apples. 6 Fierce tropical storms with high winds and heavy rains are called A tornados. C hurricanes. B blizzards. D monsoons. 7 The first European colony in the Americas to win independence was A Mexico. C Haiti. B Cuba. D Brazil. 8 One leader who contributed to independence in South America was A José Morelos. B Simón Bolívar. C Toussaint L Ouverture D Prince Ferdinand. 1

2 9 Use the map above to answer questions The Maya prospered in the rain forests of A North America. C the Southern Hemisphere. B Tenochtitlán. D the Yucatán Peninsula. 10 Which body of water did NOT border the Mayan Empire? A Pacific Ocean C Gulf of Mexico B Bay of Campeche D Caribbean Sea 11 What was the capital of the Aztec Empire? A Mexico City C Yucatán B Tenochtitlán D Chichén Itzá 12 Most of the caudillos who ruled Latin American countries after independence A cared a great deal for the well being of the people of their countries. B tried to unite South America. C believed in liberal and democratic reform. D were concerned mainly with getting rich and holding power. 13 Early inhabitants of the Caribbean islands were A Arawaks. C African. B Spanish. D mestizo. 2

3 14 Two Caribbean countries that share one island are A Haiti and the Dominican Republic. C Trinidad and Tobago. B Jamaica and Cuba. D the Bahamas and Cuba. 15 Carnival is an event that is celebrated in many parts of Latin America to mark A independence day. C the New Year. B Christmas. D the start of Lent. 16 Which country had the greatest effect on Latin America culture? A Italy C Germany B France D Spain 17 The Panama Canal allows ships to travel between the Pacific Ocean and the A Mediterranean Sea. C Indian Ocean. B Atlantic Ocean. D Gulf of Mexico. 18 In 1801, which Haitian leader helped banish slavery in Haiti? A Toussaint L Ouverture C Francois Duvalier B Fidel Castro D Jean-Claude Duvalier 19 In the early 1980s, Venezuela was the richest country in Latin America because of A a booming tourist industry. C vast supplies of oil. B abundant rain forest resources. D thriving agricultural production. 3

4 20 Use the map above to answer questions Which letter is located in the Gulf of Mexico? A A C C B B D H 21 The letter shows the location of the Pacific Ocean.. A B C H B I D J 4

5 22 Selected Characteristics of Columbia, Mexico, and Panama Country Languages Primary Religion Columbia Mexico Panama Spanish (official) Indigenous Spanish (official) Spanish (official) English Roman Catholicism Roman Catholicism Roman Catholicism A B C D According to the chart, the common characteristics of the countries can be attributed to their economic relationship with industrialized countries to their north past military alliances with one another preservation of Mayan and Aztec traditions history of colonization by a European country 23 San José, Costa Rica Is the nation s capital city Was founded during Spanish colonization Has historically been a center of coffee production Serves as a transportation hub for the Inter-American Highway and several express highways Has several public and private universities Port-au-Prince, Haiti Is the nation s capital city Was originally designed by the French Is the nation s chief port Has a high unemployment rate Use the above charts to answer the question below. One way that San Jose and Port-au-Prince are similar is that both A have high unemployment C are port cities B are centers of higher learning D have European origins 5

6 24 Which event had the greatest impact on the culture of South America? A The immigration of laborers from Asia C The rise of Marxist revolutionaries B The completion of the Panama Canal D The arrival of Spanish conquerors 25 A B C D Which characteristic is most common to all the countries located in the shaded region on this map? Catholic Religion a warm climate coniferous forests mainly English speaking 6

7 ID: A 6th Grade Third Nine Weeks Benchmark Assessment Answer Section MULTIPLE CHOICE 1 ANS: C STA: ANS: D STA: ANS: B STA: ANS: B STA: ANS: A STA: ANS: C STA: ANS: C STA: ANS: B STA: ANS: D STA: ANS: A STA: ANS: B STA: ANS: D STA: ANS: A STA: ANS: A STA: ANS: D STA: ANS: D STA: ANS: B STA: ANS: A STA: ANS: C STA: ANS: C STA: ANS: A STA: ANS: D STA: ANS: D STA: ANS: D STA: ANS: B STA: 3.2 1

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