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

2. Governments that distribute wealth from commoners to the upper classes are known as what?
(a) Democracies
(b) Kleptocracies
(c) Monarchies
(d) Oligarchies

3. The main killers in Africa and the Americas came from where?
(a) Australia
(b) Greenland
(c) Eurasia
(d) Polynesia

4. Archeological evidence links what early culture with later Pacific island cultures?
(a) Cherokee
(b) Indian
(c) Taiwan
(d) Japan

5. The language that did most of the conquering or "engulfing" in Africa was which of the following?
(a) Bantu
(b) Khoisan
(c) Nilo-Saharan
(d) Niger-Congo

6. Which societies were the most advantaged in Polynesia?
(a) Those with wild plants that could be domesticated
(b) Those with natural immunity to smallpox
(c) Those with large, native domesticated animals
(d) Those that could hunt large mammals

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

8. Cultural and individual idiosyncrasies throw what into the course of history?
(a) The ability to predict outcomes
(b) Wild cards
(c) Certainty
(d) The knowledge that these aspects don't matter in history

9. The Miao-Yao family of language is spoken where?
(a) Small enclaves from South China to Thailand
(b) Only in China's large cities
(c) In large cities from Thailand to Myanmar
(d) In Mongolia

10. What does Diamond attribute the differences in development to?
(a) Intelligence
(b) The environment
(c) Genetics
(d) Culture

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

12. Diamond argues that European conquest of Africa had nothing to do with what?
(a) Superior weapons
(b) Racial superiority
(c) Accidents of geography
(d) Biogeography

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

14. 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 hammer
(b) A tree downer
(c) A bark beater
(d) A wood pounder

15. What is the first stage in the transition of diseases to humans?
(a) 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.
(b) The major epidemic disease becomes confined to humans.
(c) Pathogens establish themselves in humans and the disease does not die out.
(d) Humans pick up the diseases from other humans.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Diseases that become epidemics infect which group?

3. Diamond argues that a science of what should be developed?

4. What is human's slowest defense against germs?

5. What is not a cause in the uneven distribution of wealth and power, according to Diamond?

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