Future of the World's Population: Trends, Challenges & Outlooks


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Who predicted that populations would hit a wall and collapse?

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1. By about how many people has the world's population grown in the last 100 years?

2. Which statement best describes the fertility rates in rich and poor countries?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz/worksheet to check your understanding of the future of the world's population. It will test students on the growth of the population as well as factors that the human race faces as a result.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this quiz/worksheet, students can expect questions on the topics below:

  • Population predictions
  • The expansion of the population over the last 100 years
  • Global fertility rates
  • World wealth distribution

Skills Practiced

Those who take this quiz/worksheet will be improving the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - read the accompanying lesson on world population trends and draw out the most important information from it
  • Defining key concepts - identify a key theory by its definition, such as the theory that the world's population will run against a wall and collapse at some point in the future
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding global fertility rates
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question about the expansion of the population over the last 100 years

Additional Learning

Students who want to know more can take a look at the related lesson, Future of the World's Population: Trends, Challenges & Outlooks. It will help you accomplish the following goals and objectives:

  • Determine what longer life spans and decreases in infant mortality mean for population rates
  • Define the Expanding Technology Theory
  • Understand the meaning of rare earth elements
  • Learn about differing rates of growth