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

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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Africa is home to how many major human groups?
(a) 10
(b) 5
(c) 2
(d) 25

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

4. Who had an advantage over many of the African societies?
(a) Pygmies
(b) Bantu
(c) Khoisans
(d) Congolese

5. What is an discussion that has arisen since Diamond's work was first published?
(a) Why the differences are best explained by intelligence
(b) Why China didn't expand and conquer
(c) Why the Americas were conquered
(d) Why Europe didn't expand and conquer

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

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

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

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

10. What invention sped up the spread of plants and technologies in Polynesia?
(a) Wheels
(b) Yachts
(c) Wagons
(d) "Outrigger" canoes

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

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

13. In what types of societies did writing first emerge?
(a) Places were science was a major focus
(b) Capitalist societies
(c) Hunter-gatherers
(d) Places where food production arose

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

15. 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

Short Answer Questions

1. Once something is invented, what must happen?

2. China has how many "big" languages?

3. How many basic writing systems exist?

4. What gave Europeans an advantage in information about the groups they encountered?

5. What is a benefit that institutionalized religion provides?

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