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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Almonds were found in which person's tomb?
(a) Jesus
(b) Socrates
(c) Tutankhamen
(d) Ulysses S. Grant

2. What animal helped groups overthrow and conquer other groups?
(a) Dogs
(b) Yaks
(c) Lions
(d) Horses

3. 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

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

5. What occurred between the Incas and Spanish forces?
(a) The Incas fled to Peru
(b) The Incas killed all the Spanish soldiers
(c) The Spanish conquered and enslaved the Incas
(d) Many of the Spanish died from influenza

6. The idea that there is a sharp divide between nomadic hunter-gatherers and sedentary food producers is what?
(a) A misconception
(b) A scientific guess
(c) Based on historical evidence
(d) True in all areas

7. 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) A smallpox vaccine was invented to save the Incas.
(d) The Spanish horses were left weak.

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

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

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

11. What infectious disease played a role in the European conquest of the Americas?
(a) Cancer
(b) AIDS
(c) Smallpox
(d) Ringworm

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Traditional arguments seeking to explain domination have often focused on what?

3. Who killed and enslaved the Moriori in the Chatham Islands?

4. Thirteen of the fourteen large domesticated mammals are native to which area?

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

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