Q & A
Question: What makes a good citizen?
Answer: A good citizen has rights and responsibilities. A right is something that you have and it's given to you. In a way a right is a privilege. One example of a right that everyone in the United States has is freedom of speech. A responsibility is something that you should do, but you don't have to do it. Voting in an election is an example of a responsibility, because you should vote even though it's not a law that you have to. In conclusion, a good citizen should respect their own and other people’s rights and responsibilities.
Question: What is government and why is it necessary?
Answer: Government is a system that is necessary and keeps us organized and safe in society. If we didn't have government, there wouldn't be control over the citizens because there wouldn't be anyone with enough power to make changes. In the United States, our government is run by the people, (direct democracy) and we are allowed to vote. In addition, we vote on who will be the president, or on other leaders, and as a result, they help make choices to keep us safe and in order. Another reason why government is important is so that nobody has too much power (separation of power) over everyone. When Hitler was alive, he was a dictator and he had too much control over all of the citizens. In conclusion, government is very important and for many reasons.
Question: What forces work for and against supranational cooperation among nations?
In the European Union, there are forces that work for supranational cooperation, called centripetal forces, and forces that work against it, that are called centrifugal forces. A common currency, like the Euro, is a centripetal force. The Euro helps to unite the citizens of the European Union because it makes it easier to travel and trade, because you don't have to go to the bank and trade in your money. It also saves you money because you don't have to pay taxes at the bank. Having a difference in wealth in Western Europe and Eastern Europe is a centrifugal force. In the western part of Europe, the people don't want to pay for the citizen’s jobs in Eastern Europe. In conclusion, the European Union has centripetal forces that work for supranational cooperation and centrifugal forces that work against supranational cooperation.
Question: How do people adapt to living in a desert region?
People have learned how to adapt to a desert region by traveling to or settling at an oasis and by living a nomadic way of life. One common way of adapting is to travel from one oasis to another oasis. Living in an oasis is helpful because it providers water, food, shelter, and the date palms protection from the sun. From the date palms you can get needed materials for survival, such as fruit. Also, nomads can trade materials that can be crucial to living in the desert. Another way that people have adapted is by making sure that they preserve their needed resources. This strategy is helpful because then if the nomad needs the resource, like water, they'll have some because they conserved the water that they have. It is hard to live in a harsh climate, but people have found ways to adapt to a desert region.
Question: How might having a valuable resource affect a region?
By having a valuable resource, regions can be affected positively. Valuable resources can help people financially in a given region. In SW and Central Asia, crude oil helped because it was exported for money. With the money, they got better doctors that led to a higher life expectancy and a lower infant mortality rate. Crude oil is a non-renewable resource that Asia sold because it is needed around the world, so it is worth a lot of money. Now that Asia has more equity, better doctors helped to a have higher life expectancy and a lower infant mortality rate. Having a valuable resource brings wealth to a region. Oil in Asia has brought wealth because it is exported all of the time so they make money off all of the oil that is sold. Lastly, having a valuable resource in a region can be very helpful to a region.