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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. All people were once what?
(a) Wheat producers
(b) Fiefdoms
(c) Hunters and gatherers
(d) Immune to diseases

3. What weapons did the Spanish have in their encounter with the Incas?
(a) Wooden clubs
(b) Steel swords
(c) Sling shots
(d) Stones

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

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

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

7. Some people feel that explaining why one group dominates another does what?
(a) Creates more questions
(b) Complicates race relations
(c) Justifies the domination
(d) Makes individuals mad

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

9. Why was literacy important for the Spanish?
(a) They were able to read the King's demands.
(b) It increased their faith in God.
(c) It allowed them to sail to the Americas.
(d) It gave them more knowledge about the situation.

10. Eurasia's axis runs in what type of line?
(a) Vertical
(b) Parallel
(c) Perpendicular
(d) Horizontal

11. The arrival of humans on many of the continents coincided with what?
(a) The mass extinction of large mammals
(b) The development of stone tools
(c) The disappearance of human ancestors
(d) The development of ocean going crafts

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

13. What is a factor that influenced a group to adopt agriculture?
(a) The decrease in the population
(b) The decline of wild foods
(c) Agriculture made them more vulnerable to surrounding groups
(d) The decreased availability of domesticated plants

14. What is typically necessary for a society to have non-food specialists beyond kings and bureaucrats?
(a) Education
(b) Taxes
(c) Gas powered machinery
(d) Electricity

15. Traditional arguments seeking to explain domination have often focused on what?
(a) Monetary differences
(b) Brain size differences
(c) Height differences
(d) Racial differences

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Diamond feel about the traditional theories of human development?

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

3. What effect did infectious diseases have on the encounter between the Spanish and Incas?

4. Why was the first occupation of Australia important?

5. The Maori had what type of population?

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