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Multiple Choice Questions

1. The Moriori lived as which of the following?
(a) Slaves
(b) Feudal lords
(c) Farmers
(d) Hunters and gatherers

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

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

4. Why did it take people longer to cultivate fruit tress?
(a) They were too easy to cultivate.
(b) Their production was low.
(c) They had longer growing periods before harvest.
(d) They were rare.

5. Some people have argued that those living in warm, humid climates were inhibited in their development by what?
(a) The lower intelligence
(b) The lack of materials
(c) The heat
(d) The amount of germs

6. Where did the Incas first encounter the Spanish?
(a) Canada
(b) Cuba
(c) Peru
(d) Florida

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

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

9. What was one factor in the differing developments in the timing of food production?
(a) Advantages of steel
(b) Advantages of water
(c) Advantages of seeds
(d) Advantages of youth

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

11. What is not an advantage that the Fertile Crescent had in food production?
(a) The area had cool summers and dry winters.
(b) There were many plants that could be domesticated.
(c) It was in the Mediterranean climate.
(d) The area was high in rainfall.

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

13. Traditional arguments seeking to explain domination have often focused on what?
(a) Monetary differences
(b) Height differences
(c) Racial differences
(d) Brain size differences

14. Some people feel that explaining why one group dominates another does what?
(a) Makes individuals mad
(b) Creates more questions
(c) Justifies the domination
(d) Complicates race relations

15. The arrival of founder crops enabled local populations to become what?
(a) Obese
(b) Rich
(c) Nomadic
(d) Sedentary

Short Answer Questions

1. Studies have failed to show differences in what among people on different continents?

2. Which of these food items was domesticated most recently?

3. People often assume that there are what type of differences between people living on different continents?

4. How many of the original fourteen large domesticated mammals became widespread across the globe?

5. Why were early crops chosen by farmers?

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