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

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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. There has been some discussion of how Diamond's work might apply where?
(a) The corporate world
(b) The economic system
(c) The retail industry
(d) Preschool education

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

5. What gave Europeans an advantage in information about the groups they encountered?
(a) Spies in other countries
(b) Domesticated mammals
(c) Speaking many different languages
(d) Writing

6. 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

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

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

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

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

11. Why did the developments occur later in the Americas that in Europe?
(a) The Americas had more large mammals available
(b) The Americas were less isolated
(c) Eurasia had fewer wild plants suitable for domestication
(d) Humans had lived in Europe longer

12. What was early writing used for primarily?
(a) Communicating with other societies
(b) Accountings of things like sheep and wool
(c) Writing human history
(d) Journaling

13. Which of the following is not a major infectious disease?
(a) Cancer
(b) Malaria
(c) Influenza
(d) Smallpox

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

15. Who invented things like firearms and steel equipment?
(a) Americans
(b) Africans
(c) Australians
(d) Eurasians

Short Answer Questions

1. In what types of societies did writing first emerge?

2. How many "little" languages does China have?

3. Africa has what type of axis?

4. What invention sped up the spread of plants and technologies in Polynesia?

5. What foods did people in the Americas depend on?

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