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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. One argument that people have made is that what stimulated development in Western Europe?
(a) The amount of sunlight
(b) The availability of metals
(c) The cold climate
(d) The absence of germs

2. The Maori had what type of population?
(a) Controlled
(b) Decreasing
(c) Locally dense
(d) Sparse

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

4. What is Diamond's primary question in Chapter 7?
(a) How ancient farmers domesticated plants
(b) Why domesticated animals became extinct
(c) How hunter-gathereres found food
(d) Why hunter-gatherers adopted plant production

5. Some people argue that examining domination leads to what type of focus?
(a) Asiatic
(b) Historical
(c) Cultural
(d) Eurocentric

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

7. What argument about the mass extinction of large mammals does Diamond argue against?
(a) The arrival of humans
(b) Rapid diseases
(c) Climate change
(d) Killer bees

8. What are "selfer" plants?
(a) Plants that pollinate themselves
(b) Plants that take more soil nutrients than other plants
(c) Plants that can be started by people
(d) Plants that contain a high level of Vitamin B

9. How many of the original fourteen large domesticated mammals became widespread across the globe?
(a) 14
(b) 5
(c) 10
(d) 1

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

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

12. Who killed and enslaved the Moriori in the Chatham Islands?
(a) Maori
(b) Australian Aborigines
(c) British
(d) Indonesians

13. What axis is most conducive to the spread of food production?
(a) East-West
(b) Northeast-Southwest
(c) North-West
(d) North-South

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

15. Strawberries are adapted to have seeds spread by what animals?
(a) Cats
(b) Birds
(c) Horses
(d) Crocodiles

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following was one of the earliest crops?

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

3. The Giant Leap Forward occurred when?

4. Independent food production began in how many places?

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

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