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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Chiefdoms disappeared in which century?
(a) 14th
(b) 1st
(c) 20th
(d) 18th

2. What is not a cause in the uneven distribution of wealth and power, according to Diamond?
(a) The intelligence of groups
(b) The orientation of a continent on a particular axis
(c) Differences in wild plant distribution
(d) The relative isolation of people

3. If knowledge brings power, what increases the power, according to Diamond?
(a) Germs
(b) Weapons
(c) Writing
(d) Love

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

5. According to Diamond, why are the societies of Asia and the Pacific important?
(a) These societies provide many examples of how culture inhibited the spread of technology
(b) These societies provide so many examples of how environment influences and shapes history
(c) These societies invented more items than other societies
(d) These societies provide examples of how societies resisted epidemics

6. What did not help the spread of the Austronesian culture?
(a) Superior tools and weapons
(b) The lack of epidemics
(c) Better watercraft
(d) Denser populations

7. What is the first stage in the transition of diseases to humans?
(a) Pathogens establish themselves in humans and the disease does not die out.
(b) Humans pick up the diseases from other humans.
(c) Humans pick up germs and diseases from pets and domestic animals but the germs are still only passed from animal to human, not between humans.
(d) The major epidemic disease becomes confined to humans.

8. How are historical sciences different from non-historical sciences?
(a) Historical sciences are less complicated with prediction
(b) Historical sciences more concerned with proximate and ultimate causes
(c) Historical sciences have fewer
(d) Historical sicences have an easier time with finding cause and effect

9. Why do pockets of the three language families other than Sino-Tibetan exist in China?
(a) The areas that they are in are frequented by Indonesian traders.
(b) Scholars kept the language families alive in the monasteries.
(c) Sino-Tibetan speakers replaced or absorbed the other language areas.
(d) They conquered the Sino-Tibetan speakers from 2000 B.C. to 1500 A.D.

10. Where did writing develop?
(a) China
(b) Australia
(c) Europe
(d) Mesopotamia

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

12. What is necessary for a disease to become an epidemic?
(a) A small population
(b) A large, sedentary population
(c) Bad sanitation
(d) A hunter-gatherer society

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

14. Which region had many of the same advantages as Eurasia?
(a) Australia
(b) China
(c) Chile
(d) North America

15. What was the source of power in New Guinea when food production arose?
(a) Humans
(b) Horses
(c) Electricity
(d) Cows

Short Answer Questions

1. Australia was once joined together what what other land mass?

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

3. What are the smallest societies known as?

4. When was Diamond's work first published?

5. The basic writing strategy employed by most people today is which of the following?

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