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Standard FCAT MA.B.3.3.1

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  1."Olive Oil"

One of the principal agricultural products of Southern Europe is olive oil. Olives were first grown in the eastern Mediterranean region about 6000 years ago. Phoenician sailors brought them to Greece and Spain. Greeks planted olives in their colonies in Italy. Today Spain, Italy, and Greece, respectively, produce about 74 percent of the world's olive oil output—nearly 500 million gallons a year. In a friendly rivalry, producers in the three countries vigorously debate which nation has the best quality oil.

Olive oil has gained popularity in the past few decades not only because of its flavor but also for health reasons. A 1970 study linked olive oil in the diet of Southern Europeans to the fact that these people had the lowest heart disease of all western nations. Later studies connected olive oil to other health benefits, including a reduced risk of breast cancer among women. These studies and other trends have helped contribute to a fivefold increase in U.S. imports of olive oil from the early 1980s to the late 1990s. Among Mediterranean peoples, this sudden popularity is probably not surprising. An ancient Greek myth says that the goddess Athena won a contest in which she and other gods gave gifts to humankind. Her gift, the olive tree, won the contest because it was deemed the most useful gift.

When were olives first grown in the Mediterranean region?
  a.   2000 B.C.  
  b.   4000 B.C.  
  c.   6000 B.C.  
  d.   8000 B.C.  
  2.About how many pounds of rice does China produce each year?

  a.   150 billion  
  b.   400 billion  
  c.   2,000  
  d.   100,000  
  3.You own an athletic shoe factory in the manufacturing district of Alexandria. You can only sell your shoes in foreign capital cities. You travel from Alexandria to Cairo, from Cairo to Tripoli, and from Tripoli to Tunis to sell your shoes. From Tunis you return to Alexandria. How far did you travel?

  a.   1,350 miles  
  b.   1,650 miles  
  c.   3,500 miles  
  d.   2,850 miles  
  4.If 2 percent of the population practices the religion of Christianity, what can you estimate the population of South Asia to be?

  a.   1.325 billion  
  b.   26,500,000  
  c.   914,500,000  
  d.   It is impossible to tell from the information given.  
  5.You enter a swimming contest to swim across Lake Victoria from Kampala to Mwanza. How far do you swim?

  a.   200 miles  
  b.   300 miles  
  c.   400 miles  
  d.   500 miles  
  6.About how long is the Suez Canal?

  a.   about 500 miles  
  b.   about 400 miles  
  c.   about 50 miles  
  d.   about 100 miles  
  7.Which continent's population size most closely matches the population of Europe?

  a.   South America  
  b.   Africa  
  c.   North America  
  d.   Asia  
  8.You are planning a trip to Los Angeles, leaving from Miami. You leave Miami at 9:00 AM. If the plane flies at 325 miles per hour, what time will it be in Los Angeles when you arrive?

  a.   1:15 PM  
  b.   2:15 PM  
  c.   3:15 PM  
  d.   4:15 PM  
  9.What is the combined export volume of Singapore and Taiwan?

  a.   $250 billion  
  b.   more than $300 billion  
  c.   $80 billion  
  d.   $200 billion  
  10.If we recycled all paper, what approximate fraction of our garbage would this eliminate?

  a.   1/5  
  b.   2/5  
  c.   3/5  
  d.   4/5