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

2. When was Diamond's work first published?
(a) 1956
(b) 1997
(c) 1987
(d) 1980

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

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

5. Diamond suggests that inventions occur because of what?
(a) Superior intelligence
(b) Greater creativity
(c) Perceived need
(d) Peoples' curiosity and tinkering

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

7. Which type of society uses a monopoly of force?
(a) States
(b) Chiefdoms
(c) Tribes
(d) Bands

8. What are the smallest societies known as?
(a) States
(b) Chiefdoms
(c) Tribes
(d) Bands

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

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

11. What foods did people in the Americas depend on?
(a) Protein-rich rice
(b) Protein-poor wheat
(c) Protein-poor corn
(d) Protein-rich cows

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

13. 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) The major epidemic disease becomes confined to 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) Humans pick up the diseases from other humans.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What was early writing used for primarily?

2. The main killers in Africa and the Americas came from where?

3. According to Diamond, why are the societies of Asia and the Pacific important?

4. What is an discussion that has arisen since Diamond's work was first published?

5. Who introduced pottery, chickens, dogs, and pigs to New Guinea?

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