Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies Quiz | Two Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 12 "Blueprints and Borrowed Letters".

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How many basic writing systems exist?
(a) 3
(b) 1
(c) 10
(d) 25

2. What is typically necessary for a society to have non-food specialists beyond kings and bureaucrats?
(a) Education
(b) Electricity
(c) Taxes
(d) Gas powered machinery

3. Which of these food items was domesticated most recently?
(a) Strawberries
(b) Peas
(c) Pecans
(d) Olives

4. How many of the original fourteen large domesticated mammals became widespread across the globe?
(a) 14
(b) 10
(c) 5
(d) 1

5. Which of the following did the inhabitants of the Polynesian islands not share?
(a) Language
(b) Government
(c) Culture
(d) Sets of domesticated plants

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Diamond's primary question in Chapter 7?

2. What influenced life in the island societies of Polynesia?

3. The large domesticated mammals were all domesticated before what date?

4. Why were early crops chosen by farmers?

5. Which of the following is not poisonous in the wild?

(see the answer key)

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