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Multiple Choice Questions

1. About what time did food production begin in the United States?
(a) 8,000 B.C.
(b) 10,000 B.C.
(c) 100 A.D.
(d) 6,000 B.C.

2. Germs from what produced epidemics in Native American and Australian societies?
(a) Domesticated animals
(b) Air-born organisms
(c) Contaminated water
(d) Dirt

3. People in areas with a head start on food production gained what?
(a) Steel production
(b) A head start on hunting and gathering techniques
(c) A resistance to disease
(d) A head start on guns, germs, and steel

4. Which of the following was not a domesticated animal?
(a) Reindeer
(b) Bears
(c) Camels
(d) Cows

5. How does Diamond explain the mass extinction of large mammals in some areas?
(a) Humans killed or indirectly eliminated them.
(b) Germs introduced by humans
(c) A large large comet hit the earth.
(d) The ice age

6. Crops that began food production in an area are known as what?
(a) Founder crops
(b) Gatherers
(c) Transient
(d) Sedentary

7. Humans developed on what continent?
(a) Australia
(b) Europe
(c) Asia
(d) Africa

8. Eurasia's axis runs in what type of line?
(a) Vertical
(b) Parallel
(c) Perpendicular
(d) Horizontal

9. The Giant Leap Forward occurred when?
(a) 10,000 years ago
(b) 50,000 years ago
(c) 2,000 years ago
(d) 25,000 years ago

10. Which of the following is not poisonous in the wild?
(a) Watermelons
(b) Squash
(c) Lima beans
(d) Eggplants

11. Which of these areas does not have a climate similar to the Fertile Crescent?
(a) Chile
(b) Western Europe
(c) Polynesia
(d) Southwestern Australia

12. What is true about the greater Polynesian area?
(a) The islands are all large.
(b) It is very diverse.
(c) The societies are all warrior societies.
(d) The groups had no contact with each other.

13. What was the importance of a written language?
(a) Information could be spread more rapidly.
(b) It reinforced the status of the royalty.
(c) People could communicate with each other.
(d) Laws could be known by everyone.

14. Why did the transition to food production not happen earlier?
(a) There were no tools for food production
(b) People were involved in creating weapons
(c) Wild plants were not available
(d) Wild animals were widely available

15. People in the Fertile Crescent began food production around what time?
(a) 8,500 B.C.
(b) 12,500 B.C.
(c) 3,000 B.C.
(d) 100 B.C.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Why were the Europeans not affected by the infectious diseases that they brought to places like the Americas and Australia?

3. The Maori had what type of population?

4. Strawberries are adapted to have seeds spread by what animals?

5. Some people argue that examining domination leads to what type of focus?

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