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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What animal was domesticated in southwest Asia?
(a) Pig
(b) Llama
(c) Sheep
(d) None

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

5. Why were the Europeans not affected by the infectious diseases that they brought to places like the Americas and Australia?
(a) They had already acquired immunity.
(b) They practiced better sanitation.
(c) They were genetically superior to other groups.
(d) They had a natural resistance to the diseases.

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

7. 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) An abundance of wild game
(d) A natural disaster

8. How do archeologists date food production?
(a) X-rays of the food
(b) Radiocarbon dating of materials at the site
(c) Genetic testing of human descendents
(d) An examination of written texts

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

10. How did the Moriori avoid conflict?
(a) By choosing not to develop weapons
(b) By giving in when challenged
(c) By renouncing war
(d) By moving to an area that no one wanted

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

12. What weapon was used by the Incas?
(a) Rifles
(b) Steel swords
(c) Wooden clubs
(d) Iron plated ships

13. What advantage did horses provide?
(a) They pulled the weapons faster than humans
(b) More packing room
(c) They were used as weapons
(d) Greater manueverability

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

15. The Giant Leap Forward was which of the following?
(a) The development of water going crafts
(b) The first use of stone tools
(c) The first Home Sapiens
(d) Humans arriving in North America

Short Answer Questions

1. Which Spanish conquistador first encountered the Incas?

2. All crops began as what?

3. What was the importance of a written language?

4. Groups who remained hunter-gatherers into the twentieth century lived in what types of areas?

5. About what time did food production begin in the United States?

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