Shapes of States: Compact, Prorupted, Perforated & More


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Why is the U.S. an example of a fragmented state?

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1. Because Italy is long and narrow, it can be considered which type of state?

2. Because Lesotho is completely surrounded by South Africa it is considered what type of state?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Find out which type of state you're living in! Learn about the different shapes of states with this handy, fun quiz and worksheet. Our interactive quiz section will help gauge your ability to distinguish between the various shapes.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This worksheet and quiz will teach you about the following state shapes:

  • Compact
  • Elongated
  • Prorupted
  • Perforated
  • Enclave
  • Exclave
  • Fragmented

Skills Practiced

Use these skills when working with the worksheet and quiz:

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding sovereign states
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as prorupted and perforated states
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about examples of state shapes

Additional Learning

The corresponding lesson on the types of state shapes will prepare you to:

  • Define a state and explain what it means to be sovereign
  • Determine what type a state is based on an image or description of that state
  • Explain why elongated states have traditionally been more difficult to govern