Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies Test | Final Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who introduced pottery, chickens, dogs, and pigs to New Guinea?
(a) Austronesians
(b) Europeans
(c) Native Americans
(d) Indians

2. Why is food production important for inventions?
(a) People had the energy to create.
(b) People did not get diseases which stopped inventions.
(c) It allows for a sedentary life.
(d) It allowed people to be nomadic and spread inventions.

3. Diseases that become epidemics infect which group?
(a) Humans
(b) Invertebrates
(c) Plants
(d) Fish

4. What is human's slowest defense against germs?
(a) Sanitation
(b) Antibiotics
(c) Natural selection
(d) Vaccines

5. What is a stone tool or implement that an individual used to pound the fibrous bark of some trees into material that could be used for ropes, nets, and clothing?
(a) A wood pounder
(b) A hammer
(c) A tree downer
(d) A bark beater

6. How do inventions spread?
(a) Through gift-giving practices
(b) Societies are forced to use an invention.
(c) Inventions don't typically spread.
(d) Societies see an invention and adopt it.

7. How many "little" languages does China have?
(a) 200
(b) 130
(c) 100
(d) 70

8. Larger populations created the need for which of the following?
(a) A more complex, centralized government
(b) Decentralized food production
(c) More nomadic populations who wouldn't compete for resources
(d) A writing system beyond the alphabet

9. What was the biggest difference between the histories of Old World Europe and the New World Americas?
(a) Sparser populations
(b) Denser populations
(c) The domestication of large mammals
(d) More intelligent people

10. What is an discussion that has arisen since Diamond's work was first published?
(a) Why the differences are best explained by intelligence
(b) Why Europe didn't expand and conquer
(c) Why the Americas were conquered
(d) Why China didn't expand and conquer

11. Australia was once joined together what what other land mass?
(a) New Guinea
(b) Greenland
(c) Cuba
(d) England

12. How many large mammals in Africa were suited to domestication?
(a) 10
(b) 5
(c) 0
(d) 2

13. Diamond argues that a science of what should be developed?
(a) Human history
(b) Emotions
(c) Conquest
(d) Intelligence

14. What invention sped up the spread of plants and technologies in Polynesia?
(a) Wagons
(b) Yachts
(c) Wheels
(d) "Outrigger" canoes

15. What is a benefit that institutionalized religion provides?
(a) Frameworks for unrelated individuals to live together without killing each other
(b) Organizing societies by biological race
(c) A way to redistribute money from the wealthy to the poor
(d) The ability to rid a society of evil spirits

Short Answer Questions

1. Why didn't Australians develop food production in ancient times?

2. What is necessary for a disease to become an epidemic?

3. What is the first stage in the transition of diseases to humans?

4. What are the smallest societies known as?

5. Which of the following was not a disease that killed large number of peoples in the Americas?

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