Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies Quiz | Eight Week Quiz C

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 7 "How to Make an Almond".

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Food production meant what to hunting and gathering societies?
(a) More physical work
(b) Less physical demands
(c) More nomadic lifestyles
(d) Fewer hours of labor each day

2. Why were the Europeans not affected by the infectious diseases that they brought to places like the Americas and Australia?
(a) They had a natural resistance to the diseases.
(b) They practiced better sanitation.
(c) They had already acquired immunity.
(d) They were genetically superior to other groups.

3. How do archeologists date food production?
(a) X-rays of the food
(b) Radiocarbon dating of materials at the site
(c) Genetic testing of human descendents
(d) An examination of written texts

4. What is true of the first farmers in many areas as compared to the hunters and gatherers?
(a) They died younger
(b) They worked fewer hours
(c) They were better nourished
(d) They had fewer diseases

5. How did farmers end up with plants that fulfilled their needs?
(a) Trial and error
(b) Random choices
(c) Historical studies
(d) Scientific analysis

Short Answer Questions

1. Which Spanish conquistador first encountered the Incas?

2. Wild almonds are what?

3. When did the history of humans begin?

4. What was one factor in the differing developments in the timing of food production?

5. Groups who remained hunter-gatherers into the twentieth century lived in what types of areas?

(see the answer key)

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