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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Which mammal did the Spanish have that the Incas did not?
(a) Dogs
(b) Boars
(c) Cows
(d) Horses

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

5. What advantage did horses provide?
(a) They were used as weapons
(b) They pulled the weapons faster than humans
(c) More packing room
(d) Greater manueverability

6. Most domesticated mammals have been what?
(a) Carnivores
(b) Herbivores
(c) Tactivores
(d) Omnivores

7. Strawberries are adapted to have seeds spread by what animals?
(a) Horses
(b) Cats
(c) Birds
(d) Crocodiles

8. Where did the Maori live?
(a) Easter Island
(b) Tazmania
(c) Hawaii
(d) New Zealand

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

10. What weapon was used by the Incas?
(a) Wooden clubs
(b) Steel swords
(c) Iron plated ships
(d) Rifles

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

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

13. Which large mammal was found in Australia about the time humans arrived?
(a) Wholly mammoth
(b) Lions
(c) Saber tooth tigers
(d) Giant kangaroo

14. All crops began as what?
(a) A native plant
(b) A foreign plant
(c) A domesticated plant
(d) A wild plant species

15. Which Spanish conquistador first encountered the Incas?
(a) Christopher Columbus
(b) Ferdinand Magellan
(c) Francis Drake
(d) Francisco Pizarro

Short Answer Questions

1. Where did things like agriculture and writing develop?

2. At 11,000 B.C., which continent was most likely to develop quickly?

3. Germs from what produced epidemics in Native American and Australian societies?

4. Which of the following did domestic livestock not provide people?

5. What is typically necessary for a society to have non-food specialists beyond kings and bureaucrats?

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