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

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Epilogue "The Future of Human History as a Science".

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which societies were the most advantaged in Polynesia?
(a) Those with large, native domesticated animals
(b) Those with wild plants that could be domesticated
(c) Those with natural immunity to smallpox
(d) Those that could hunt large mammals

2. What axis is most conducive to the spread of food production?
(a) North-West
(b) Northeast-Southwest
(c) North-South
(d) East-West

3. What was needed for a society to become involved in food production?
(a) Some type of fruit tree
(b) Several species of plants that could be domesticated
(c) A natural disaster
(d) An abundance of wild game

4. Cultural and individual idiosyncrasies throw what into the course of history?
(a) Wild cards
(b) Certainty
(c) The knowledge that these aspects don't matter in history
(d) The ability to predict outcomes

5. Why didn't Australians develop food production in ancient times?
(a) Too many plants that could be domesticated
(b) Fertile soils
(c) The dry conditions on the continent
(d) Too much rainfall to support domesticated plants

Short Answer Questions

1. In the early stages of food production, people did which of the following?

2. According to Diamond, why are the societies of Asia and the Pacific important?

3. Once something is invented, what must happen?

4. What is not a cause in the uneven distribution of wealth and power, according to Diamond?

5. What are "selfer" plants?

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