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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What factor meant that population could grow?
(a) A nomadic lifestyle
(b) The availability of shelter materials
(c) The availability of more consumable calories
(d) Fewer natural predators

2. What is one explanation that Diamond gives for why food production didn't begin earlier in some ecologically better areas?
(a) There were no large mammals available.
(b) There was some problem with the wild plants available.
(c) People weren't intelligent enough to figure it out.
(d) The environment in the area was too poor for farming.

3. The ability of societies to have non-food producing specialists, like soldiers, was due to what?
(a) A capitalist society
(b) Large populations
(c) The ability to store food
(d) The ability to conquer other groups

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

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

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

7. 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

8. How does Diamond feel about the traditional theories of human development?
(a) He agrees with most of the argument but thinks that germs played a role.
(b) He feels that they are correct.
(c) He feels that they are wrong.
(d) He believes that intelligence differences separated people.

9. What is not one of the eight "founder" crops that started in the Fertile Crescent?
(a) Emmer wheat
(b) Rice
(c) Chickpea
(d) Flax

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

11. What influenced life in the island societies of Polynesia?
(a) The environment
(b) Trade with Europeans
(c) The tropical climate on all islands
(d) The closeness to North America

12. In the early stages of food production, people did which of the following?
(a) Only raised cultivated crops
(b) Raised mainly cultivated crops
(c) Spent more time hunting than growing crops
(d) Collected wild food and raised cultivated ones

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Where did the Maori live?

2. One argument that people have made is that what stimulated development in Western Europe?

3. Diamond argues that wealth and power are distributed unevenly because what developed at different times?

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

5. How does Diamond explain the mass extinction of large mammals in some areas?

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