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1. (a) Outline ONE advantage of defining the Caribbean in geographical terms. [2mks]

(b) Outline ONE disadvantage of using a geological basis for defining the Caribbean. [2mks]

(c) Explain why Mexico is sometimes described as ‘Caribbean’. [2mks]

2. (a) Define the term ‘plate tectonics’ [2mks]

(b) Describe TWO ways in which volcanic activity has influenced Caribbean society and culture. [4mks]

3. (a) Explain what is meant by the term ‘resistance’. [2mks]

(b) Describe TWO ways in which the Haitian Revolution impacted Caribbean society and culture. [4mks]

4. (a) Explain what is meant by the term ‘plantation society’. [2mks]

(b) Explain ONE way in which plantation society contributed to social stratification. [2mks]

(c) Explain ONE way in which education contributed to a new class formation in Caribbean society.

5. (a) Define the term ‘culinary practices’ [2mks]

(b) Identify TWO culinary practices that have been inherited from the indigenous peoples of the Caribbean. [2mks]

(c) Describe ONE way in which Indo-Caribbean peoples have influenced Caribbean culinary practices. [2mks]

Section B- Module 2- Issues in Caribbean Development
6. (a)Explain why the Gross National Product per capita is NOT an accurate indicator of development. [2mks]

(b) Explain ONE environmental indicator that can be used as a measure of development. [2mks]

(c) Suggest ONE way in which tourism can increase its contribution to development in the Caribbean. [2mks] 7. (a) Define the term ‘transnational corporation’ [2mks]

(b) Outline TWO characteristics of transnational corporations. [4mks]

8. (a) Name the individual who created the policy known as ‘industrialization by invitation’ [1mk]

(b) State ONE objective outlined in this policy. [1mk]

(c) Outline TWO disadvantages of this policy for Caribbean territories. [4mks]

9. Explain the role of EACH of the following regional institutions in the development of the Caribbean.
(a) Regional Security System (RSS) [3mks]
(b) Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) [3mks]

10. (a) Identify TWO of the basic human rights that are guaranteed in a socially just society. [2mks]

(b) Explain TWO ways in which a branch of social justice can affect the quality of life in a society. [4mks]

Section C- Module 3- Investigating Human and Social Development in the Caribbean. 11. (a) A research study is to be undertaken for which the following hypothesis has been defined:
‘Facebook creates elite Caribbean cyberculture communities in a global environment.’
Identify TWO variables in this hypothesis. [2mks]

(b) Identify ONE suitable data collection method that could be used to undertake the study in (a) above. [1mk]

(c) Give ONE reason for the choice of method in (b) above. [1mk]

12. You have been asked by the Ministry of Roads and Community Works to monitor the number of cars on the highways between the hours of 7 am and 10 am. (a) Explain why a tabular format would be useful for presenting the data you have collected. [2mks] (b) Explain why a textual format would be useful for presenting the data you have collected. [2mks]

13. Outline TWO reasons why archives are recommended as good sources for accessing information. [4mks]

14. You have been asked by a local newspaper to write a story on drug use among teenagers in your community.

(a) Give ONE reason for respecting the confidentiality of your interviewees when writing your story. [2mks] (b) Outline TWO measures you would undertake to demonstrate your respect for the confidentiality of your interviewees. [2mks]

15. (a) Explain why it is important to include references in a research study. [2mks]
(b) Explain why it is important to include new and interesting findings in a research study. [2mks]

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