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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Australia was joined together with which other area at the time that humans arrived?
(a) Africa
(b) New Guinea
(c) Japan
(d) South America

2. What crop was domesticated in Ethiopia before spreading around the globe?
(a) Millet
(b) The coffee bean
(c) Teff
(d) Manioc

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

4. What is true about the greater Polynesian area?
(a) The societies are all warrior societies.
(b) The islands are all large.
(c) It is very diverse.
(d) The groups had no contact with each other.

5. When did independent food production begin?
(a) 8500 to 8000 B.C.
(b) 5,000 to 4,000 B.C.
(c) 2,000 to 100 B.C.
(d) 10,000 to 9000 B.C.

6. What allowed the Maori to have specialists and warriors as part of their society?
(a) Greater intelligence
(b) A capitalist society
(c) Weapons
(d) Stored crop surpluses

7. What animal was domesticated in southwest Asia?
(a) Llama
(b) None
(c) Pig
(d) Sheep

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

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

10. Studies have failed to show differences in what among people on different continents?
(a) Norms
(b) Intelligence
(c) Race
(d) Ethnicity

11. The axis of a continent does not affect the spread of what?
(a) Technologies
(b) Animals
(c) Esteem
(d) Crops

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

13. Groups who remained hunter-gatherers into the twentieth century lived in what types of areas?
(a) Areas with lots of water
(b) Areas where natural resources are abundant
(c) Areas near the equator
(d) Areas not fit for food production

14. Where did the Incas first encounter the Spanish?
(a) Canada
(b) Florida
(c) Peru
(d) Cuba

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is true about hunting and gathering societies?

2. What advantage did horses provide?

3. Why were domesticated plants able to spread from the Fertile Crescent to nearby areas more easily?

4. Crops that began food production in an area are known as what?

5. The idea that there is a sharp divide between nomadic hunter-gatherers and sedentary food producers is what?

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