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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Diamond argues that examining Polynesia helps the reader see what?
(a) How shared culture is important
(b) How war can end if groups decide to stop
(c) How environments shape societies
(d) How the loss of large mammals gave societies an advantage

3. What is one explanation that Diamond gives for why food production didn't begin earlier in some ecologically better areas?
(a) There were no large mammals available.
(b) The environment in the area was too poor for farming.
(c) People weren't intelligent enough to figure it out.
(d) There was some problem with the wild plants available.

4. What does Diamond seek to explain in his research?
(a) The creation of metal tools
(b) The different rates of human development
(c) The domination of Western Europe
(d) The spread of illnesses

5. Diamond argues that wealth and power are distributed unevenly because what developed at different times?
(a) Agriculture and education
(b) Technology and education
(c) Agriculture and metal tools
(d) Technology and metal tools.

6. Why were early crops chosen by farmers?
(a) They were already edible
(b) They gave low yields in the wild
(c) They grew slowly
(d) They were not able to be stored

7. How did Native American hunting and gathering societies become farmers?
(a) By acquiring Canadian crops
(b) By conquering the Spanish
(c) By domesticating wild yaks
(d) By acquiring Mexican crops

8. At 11,000 B.C., which continent was most likely to develop quickly?
(a) North America
(b) Asia
(c) Africa
(d) Any of them could have developed most quickly

9. Which large mammal was found in Australia about the time humans arrived?
(a) Saber tooth tigers
(b) Giant kangaroo
(c) Lions
(d) Wholly mammoth

10. Which location did not see a mass extinction of large mammals that was as large as other locations?
(a) New Guinea
(b) Africa
(c) North America
(d) Australia

11. When were the Polynesian islands settled?
(a) 10,000 B.C. to 5000 B.C.
(b) 5000 B.C. to 3000 B.C.
(c) A. D. 1200 to A.D. 1800
(d) 1200 B.C. to around A.D. 1000

12. Which area was prominent in the development of weapons?
(a) South America
(b) North America
(c) Western Europe
(d) Africa

13. Plant and animal domestication led to which of the following?
(a) Sparser societies
(b) Denser human populations
(c) Increased hunger
(d) Less warfare

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

15. What was one of the biggest population shifts of all time?
(a) The conquest of Europe by Asians
(b) The conquest of Australia by Europeans
(c) The conquest of the Americas by Europeans
(d) The conquest of Polynesia by Americans

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Groups tended to turn to food production after what happened?

3. What are "selfer" plants?

4. Australia was joined together with which other area at the time that humans arrived?

5. Which mammal did the Spanish have that the Incas did not?

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