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

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

3. Once something is invented, what must happen?
(a) The inventor must convince society to make use of it.
(b) The inventor must keep people away from the invention.
(c) The inventor must patent the invention.
(d) The inventor must keep people from copying the invention.

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

5. The basic writing strategy employed by most people today is which of the following?
(a) Phonetic signs
(b) Logograms
(c) Determinatives
(d) Alphabet

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

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

8. China has how many "big" languages?
(a) 8
(b) 2
(c) 5
(d) 12

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

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

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

12. The Americas have what type of axis?
(a) East-West
(b) Northeast-Southwest
(c) North-South
(d) Northwest-Southeast

13. Recent research shows that crops from Mexico spread into eastern North America via an indirect route through where?
(a) Australia
(b) Peru
(c) Canada
(d) The southwest

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did the developments occur later in the Americas that in Europe?

2. Which region had many of the same advantages as Eurasia?

3. Who had an advantage over many of the African societies?

4. Why do pockets of the three language families other than Sino-Tibetan exist in China?

5. Who invented things like firearms and steel equipment?

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