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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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

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

4. Which of the following was one of the earliest crops?
(a) Dates
(b) Olives
(c) Wheat
(d) Fruit trees

5. How did Native American hunting and gathering societies become farmers?
(a) By acquiring Canadian crops
(b) By conquering the Spanish
(c) By domesticating wild yaks
(d) By acquiring Mexican crops

6. What is true about hunting and gathering societies?
(a) All adopted agriculture as soon as introduced.
(b) They spent more time hunting than they did in farming.
(c) Many did not adopt crops when they were introduced to them.
(d) They worked more hours in each day than they did farming.

7. Some people have argued that those living in warm, humid climates were inhibited in their development by what?
(a) The amount of germs
(b) The lack of materials
(c) The heat
(d) The lower intelligence

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

9. Plant and animal domestication led to which of the following?
(a) Sparser societies
(b) Increased hunger
(c) Less warfare
(d) Denser human populations

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

11. Where did things like agriculture and writing develop?
(a) North America
(b) Western Europe
(c) The Arctic Circle
(d) Warm climates

12. Diamond argues that examining Polynesia helps the reader see what?
(a) How shared culture is important
(b) How environments shape societies
(c) How the loss of large mammals gave societies an advantage
(d) How war can end if groups decide to stop

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

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

15. What does Diamond seek to explain in his research?
(a) The different rates of human development
(b) The creation of metal tools
(c) The spread of illnesses
(d) The domination of Western Europe

Short Answer Questions

1. When were the Polynesian islands settled?

2. Wild almonds are what?

3. All crops began as what?

4. Which of the following is a non-food producing specialist?

5. What advantage did horses provide?

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