Case Study Italy (Comparing North and South) 01
See how much you know about Italy in this enjoyable quiz.

Case Study Italy (Comparing North and South) 01

This KS3 Geography quiz will question you on Italy, specifically comparing the north and south. The larger portion of northern Italy is occupied by the basin of the Po river, which comprises the whole of the broad plain extending from the foot of the Apennines to that of the Alps. The area of Italy, roughly marked by the cities of Milan, Turin and the seaport Genoa, was the first part of the country to become industrialised. By the start of this century, the main industrial area has become focussed further to the east, but still in the Po basin.

On the other hand, southern Italy has a much less developed economy, which is mainly based on agriculture and tourism. The soils are thin and poor and mainly owned by rich people who live in the cities. At the time that northern Italy was starting to develop its industry, the southern part of Italy was in an economic crisis. Many Italian families chose to emigrate to the Americas. This is the reason that in places like New York, there are large numbers of people with Italian backgrounds.

Which northern city is a major coastal port?
Genoa is associated with the famous explorers Christopher Columbus and John Cabot
What are autostradas that help industry in the north?
Groups of skilled workers
Loans to build factories
Power stations
The wealthy north Italian markets are linked by them
Which fact is true of northern Italy but not the south?
A long history of crime and corruption
Cheap hydro-electric power is available
Mainly unskilled labour
Remote from the main EU markets
The Mafia run organised crime in the south
Where do most of the south's wealthy landowners live?
In another country
In caravans
In the cities
On their farms
They rent out their land to farmers
When describing the traditional south of Italy, which of these is false?
Little money is invested in improving the land
Soils are deep and fertile
Summer droughts are common
There are large areas of hilly land
The soils are thin between bare rock outcrops
Which city is not part of northern Italy's 'Industrial Triangle'?
It is a lot further south
When the south 'closes down' during the afternoon heat it is called what?
Italy is not the only country to have a siesta
What is the main industry in the city of Turin?
Motor vehicles
Oil refining
Paper production
Textile manufacturing
Turin is the home of Fiat cars
Traditionally found in the south, what are Latifundi?
Dry river valleys
Hilltop villages
Large farms belonging to wealthy landowners
Marshy coastal areas
This is why few farmers have owned their own land
The south has traditionally had what type of land use?
Dairy cattle
Fruit and vegetables
Grazing sheep and goats
Rubber plantations
They cope best with the steep, bare slopes
Author:  Jan Crompton

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