That Blue Square Thing - Geography Revision

Unit 9 Question - Development

WARNING! These pages are now very old. They were last updated in 2008 and the content applies to an old version of any geography syllabus currently active in the UK.
I've kept them here because there might be something useful for someone and the general marking principles aren't all that different. But be aware that it's old and out of date (the stuff on the Google Earth page in particular may not work at all)

This is a 20 mark exam-style question. The marks start small and build towards case study questions at the end - just like the real thing.

You want to aim to take around 25 minutes to do this question. Make sure your answers to the simple questions are accurate and that you develop the longer answers to explain points properly - don't leave things vague. Remember that 2 or 3 well developed points are better than 10 simple points. As always, try and use case studies to back up your answers.

Print the page and have a go at the questions on paper. Then mark your work yourself using the markscheme provided.

Study figure 1 which shows the employment structures of the UK and Niger, a country in west Africa.

Industry UK Niger
Primary 2% 91%
Secondary 25% 4%
Tertiary 73% 5%
a) Compare the employment structure of the UK with that of Niger
(2 marks)
b) Suggest why there are differences between the employment structure of the UK and that of Niger
(4 marks)
c) Choose one of the approaches listed below to help poorer countries develop:
1. we should encourage transnational companies to come to our country
2. we should encourage the use of more appropriate technology
3. we should encourage tourism
4. we want fair trade with MEDCs
5. MEDCs should give us more aid
Suggest ways in which the method you have chosen could help an LEDC develop it’s economy. Use examples from LEDCs that you have studied
(6 marks)
d) Suggest one disadvantage that receiving foreign aid may create for LEDCs
(2 marks)

Study figure 2, figures for the GNP per person per year of the UK and Niger

Country GNP per person per year (US dollars)
e) What does GNP measure?
(1 mark)
f) Explain the problems with using GNP to measure the development status of a country.
(5 marks)

Mark your work yourself using the markscheme provided.

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