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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What effect did infectious diseases have on the encounter between the Spanish and Incas?
(a) Many Spanish died from the diseases.
(b) Many Incas died as a result of them.
(c) The Spanish horses were left weak.
(d) A smallpox vaccine was invented to save the Incas.

2. Which of these food items was domesticated most recently?
(a) Pecans
(b) Strawberries
(c) Peas
(d) Olives

3. Which mammal did the Spanish have that the Incas did not?
(a) Boars
(b) Dogs
(c) Horses
(d) Cows

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

5. Which of the following did the inhabitants of the Polynesian islands not share?
(a) Culture
(b) Sets of domesticated plants
(c) Government
(d) Language

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

7. People often assume that there are what type of differences between people living on different continents?
(a) Imaginative
(b) Historical
(c) Monetary
(d) Biological

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

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

10. Which of the following is a non-food producing specialist?
(a) Priest
(b) Farmer
(c) Gatherer
(d) Hunter

11. Independent food production appears to have begun where?
(a) Siberia
(b) The Fertile Crescent
(c) South America
(d) The eastern edge of Canada

12. The Maori and Moriori had what in common?
(a) Goals
(b) Weapons
(c) A government
(d) Ancestors

13. Plants like olives, figs and dates were domesticated around what time?
(a) 4,000 B.C.
(b) 1,000 B.C.
(c) 8,000 B.C.
(d) 10,000 B.C.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Native American hunting and gathering societies become farmers?

2. What allowed the Maori to have specialists and warriors as part of their society?

3. The arrival of humans on many of the continents coincided with what?

4. Because of its axis, food production spread more rapidly in which of the following?

5. Why did it take people longer to cultivate fruit tress?

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