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ESRM 101 Forests and Society
Example Quiz Questions
Don’t forget to bring a scantron sheet to the quiz on Friday. These may be purchased
in the UW Bookstore or any of its branches. Also don't forget to bring a sharpened
We won't "trick" you with false dates.
For these true-or-false questions, read each question carefully. If ANY part of the
statement is false, then fill in the B oval in your scantron sheet. If the statement is true,
then fill in the A oval (1pt each).
1. A tropical forest can be managed sustainably because of the high diversity of plant
species that all have economic value.
2. Forests in the temperate zone can be considered anthropogenic in origin (humans
have created the condition in which the forest exists today) but tropical forests are
‘virgin’ and cannot be classified as anthropogenic.
3. The temperate rainforest gets about as much rain annually as the temperate deciduous
4. The increased amount of forest edge is a major problem caused by fragmentation.
5. Forest certification is the primary means by which a forest can be assessed to be free
from insect pests and disease.
For these multiple-choice questions, read each question carefully. Choose the letter that
BEST answers the question or finishes the statement. Choose only one letter for each
(1pt each).
6. Which of the following is NOT a reason for the demise or loss of tropical forests in
central America?
a. The large number of different tree species.
b. The large number of merchantable tree species.
c. Squatters rights are strongly supported by long tradition.
d. An 800 year history of wars over land ownership by Spain and Portugal.
e. High poverty rates.
7. Which of the following does NOT describe the tropical region?
a. A high proportion of the poorest people in the world live in this region.
b. Shifting agriculture is the predominant approach to growing crops because of
the low nutrient status of the soils.
c. People are not dependent on the forests for their medicine, building materials,
and game animals.
d. Much of the economic base of people living in the rural areas is extraction of
products from forests.
e. Plants growing in the humid tropics produce a high number of toxic defensive
chemicals to avoid being eaten by herbivores.
8. Which of the following needs to be included in any strategy that is attempting to
conserve animal species in the tropics?
a. Remove the local indigenous communities from the land where the
endangered species live.
b. Combine conservation with improving the living standards of humans who
live in the same area as the endangered species.
c. Encourage migration of people into areas with endangered species.
d. Encourage harvesting and selling of plants by indigenous groups to
pharmaceutical companies for drug research and development.
e. Train indigenous people to move away from an extractive economy to a
service economy where strategies such as ecotourism become the predominant
form of livelihood.
9. Forest fragmentation
a. is simply the cutting of trees.
b. effects are greatest when forests are cut in one large continuous clear-cut.
c. effects are greatest when uncut areas are interspersed with many cut areas.
d. usually increases biodiversity in uncut areas.
10. Why are defoliating insects an economic problem?
a. They bore into the trunks of trees, reducing the aesthetic quality of timber.
b. They eat leaves, which slows the growth of trees.
c. They eat leaves, which prevents trees from capturing falling rain water.
d. They eat leaves, which weakens trees and makes them susceptible to attack by
other pests.
e. Both b and d.
1 f
2 f
3 f
4 t
5 f
6 b
7 c
8 b
9 c
10 e