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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Wild almonds are what?
(a) Sweeter than domesticated
(b) Less bitter than domesticated
(c) Poisonous
(d) Healthier than domesticated

2. People in the Fertile Crescent began food production around what time?
(a) 8,500 B.C.
(b) 12,500 B.C.
(c) 100 B.C.
(d) 3,000 B.C.

3. 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 had already acquired immunity.
(c) They practiced better sanitation.
(d) They had a natural resistance to the diseases.

4. Which of these food items was domesticated most recently?
(a) Peas
(b) Pecans
(c) Olives
(d) Strawberries

5. Why were domesticated plants able to spread from the Fertile Crescent to nearby areas more easily?
(a) They were already adapted to the climate
(b) Differing amounts of rainfall
(c) Reindeer spread the seeds
(d) They were already adapted to the people's tastes

6. When did the history of humans begin?
(a) 15 million years ago
(b) 1 million years ago
(c) 7 million years ago
(d) 2 thousand years ago

7. People often assume that there are what type of differences between people living on different continents?
(a) Imaginative
(b) Historical
(c) Biological
(d) Monetary

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

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

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

11. Germs from what produced epidemics in Native American and Australian societies?
(a) Domesticated animals
(b) Contaminated water
(c) Air-born organisms
(d) Dirt

12. Hunter-gatherers in southeastern Europe adopted crops and agriculture from where?
(a) China
(b) Southwestern Asia
(c) Africa
(d) North America

13. Which of the following was not a domesticated animal?
(a) Camels
(b) Cows
(c) Reindeer
(d) Bears

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What occurred between the Incas and Spanish forces?

2. The axis of a continent does not affect the spread of what?

3. The Moriori lived as which of the following?

4. What was needed for a society to become involved in food production?

5. Studies have failed to show differences in what among people on different continents?

(see the answer keys)

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