14th Ed. Carney, student learning outcomes and study guide (4.91) 

CaliFORNIA geography and party loyalty, cARNEY cHAP. 4 

         After completing study of 14th edition, Carney, chap. 4, pages 36-40, the student will be able to:

 

A.  Explain the features of  California’s geography and population compared with the geography and population of other states 
 
            A1.    What is the most populated state? 
            A2.    What has the fastest growing state?

            A3.    Which ocean provides the California coastline? (Carney p. 36 top)

            A4.    Which two U.S. states have the largest land area? (Carney p. 36 top)

            A5.    Which U.S. state has the third largest land area? (Carney p. 36 top)

            A6.    The Central Valley [also called the Great Valley or the San Joaquin Valley], the richest

                      agricultural area in the U.S., is located in what state? (Carney pp. 36 top and 37 map)

            A7.    What is the most urban state in the U.S.? (Carney p. 36 top)

            A8.    Is poverty in California rising faster or slower than in the entire U.S.?
            A9.    Is unemployment in California above or below the average unemployment for the entire U.S.? 
            A10.   Following World War II, per capita California income was higher, lower, or about the same
           compared with the average per capita U.S. income. 
A11.   Since the 1990’s, per capita California income has been higher, lower, or about equal to
                       the average per capita U.S. income.  
            A12.   Was California Proposition 13, an initiative to reduce property taxes or to increase property taxes? 
A13.   What is the California hourly minimum wage since January 1, 2008, after being raised in two steps? 
A14.   California overall tax rates are now far above, near, or far below the average tax rates for the U.S. 
A15.   Which was the first state to have two women U.S. Senators? (Carney p. 38 top) 

 

B.  Explain the relationship between California and other world economies
 
            B1.      If California were a country, it would have the world’s ___________ largest economy      
            B2.      What U.S. state exports more goods than any other to the world? 
            B3.      What U.S. state is foremost in agricultural exports
            B4.       In what state are two largest commercial ports in the U.S.? 
            B5.       In what cities are two largest commercial ports in the U.S.? 
            B6.    What department of the California bureaucracy provides financial information about the state? 
            B7.    California benefits from the Common Market [also called NAFTA] that links which three countries.  

 

       CaliFornia demographic groups, & party loyalty, cARNEY cHAP. 4 (Cont.)

 
C.  Describe the role of specific demographic groups in California. Using Carney and the “Demographic Voting Loyalties"
     chart  in the stapled sheets for items marked with an asterisk (*) 
 
               C1.    About what fraction of immigrants to California arrive from other nations?  
             *C2.    Which two areas of Latin America send most immigrants to California?  
             *C3.    What other area of the Pacific Rim sends most immigrants to California? 
             *C4.    Within a decade what racial or ethnic group will probably outnumber non-Hispanic/non-Latino whites in California?
             *C5.    What group racial or ethnic group now constitutes slightly less than a majority of Californians? 
             *C6.    Name the second largest racial or ethnic group of Californians today 
               C7.    Name the third largest racial or ethnic group of Californians today
               C8.    Name the fourth largest racial or ethnic group of Californians today 
               C9.    Name the fifth largest racial or ethnic group of Californians today
               C10.    Is there a majority racial or ethnic group of Californians today? 
               C11.    What percent of the population of Los Angeles use a language other than English with their family and friends?
             *C12.   About what percent of California voters are non-Hispanic/non-Latino whites
               C13.   Are California non-Hispanic/non-Latino whites older or younger than other Californians? 
             *C14.   Are California non-Hispanic/non-Latino whites relatively affluent or relatively poor? 
               C15.   Are California non-Hispanic/non-Latino whites more likely than other Californians to be homeowners or renters?
               C16.   Which state has the highest youth and elderly populations? 
             *C17.   Which state has the highest population of millionaires
               C18.   Which was the first state to have two women U.S. Senators? (Carney p. 38 top)
               C19.   Were Democrats or Republicans most likely to live in Northern California? (Carney p. 36 end)          
               C20.   Were Democrats or Republicans most likely to live in Southern California? (Carney p. 36 end)
               C21.   Are Democrats or Republicans most likely to live along the California coast? (Carney p. 36 end)                           
               C22.   Are Democrats or Republicans most likely to live in the inland areas of California coast? (Carney p. 36 end)              
             *C23.   Are Democrats or Republicans most likely to live in California’s big cities? (Carney p. 36 end)
             *C24.   Are Democrats or Republicans most likely to live in California’s suburbs? (Carney p. 36 end)
             *C25.   Are Democrats or Republicans most likely to live in California’s rural areas? (Carney p. 36 end)
             *C26.   Are Democrats or Republicans most likely to live in California’s urban areas? (Carney p. 36 end) 
 
 
Carney, page 37 end:

C27.  Which state has the most votes in the party national presidential nominating conventions?

C28.  Which state has the most presidential electoral votes?

C29.  How many presidential electoral votes does California have?

C30.  Which state has more presidential electoral votes than California?

C30.  How many U.S. House of Representative seats does California receive?

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