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

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

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

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

5. Australia was once joined together what what other land mass?
(a) New Guinea
(b) Greenland
(c) England
(d) Cuba

6. 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

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

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

9. Which of the following was not a disease that killed large number of peoples in the Americas?
(a) Measles
(b) Influenza
(c) Ringworm
(d) Smallpox

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

11. Where did technology grow the fastest according to Diamond?
(a) In nomadic societies
(b) In areas where food production was just beginning
(c) In isolated areas with small populations
(d) In large productive regions with large human populations

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

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

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

15. What is the first stage in the transition of diseases to humans?
(a) The major epidemic disease becomes confined to humans.
(b) 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.
(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. Where did writing develop?

2. The Miao-Yao family of language is spoken where?

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

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

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

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