Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the early stages of food production, people did which of the following?

2. The Giant Leap Forward was which of the following?

3. What is a factor that influenced a group to adopt agriculture?

4. What is true about hunting and gathering societies?

5. What slows the spread of domesticated plants?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where did writing develop and what was it like?

2. Why does Diamond believe that a shift in climate is not the best explanation for the mass extinctions of animals?

3. Did hunter-gatherers adopt the crops and agriculture from neighboring groups or did invaders bring with them the knowledge and crops?

4. What happened in the encounter between the Incas and the Spanish?

5. The expansion of humans had what effect on the natural world?

6. Why were Europeans able to conquer Africans according to Diamond?

7. Where does Diamond say more research needs to be done?

8. What misconceptions exist about the transition from hunter-gatherers to food producers?

9. What is Diamond's objective in studying the societies of Polynesia?

10. What was the greater Polynesian area like in terms of the environments available?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What are the advantages that the Fertile Crescent has that allowed it to be the one of the earliest sites of development? How do these advantages relate to Europe's advantages?

Essay Topic 2

Diamond suggests that more research needs to be done on how cultural factors influenced the distribution of wealth and power. How might culture affect the development of these differences? Do you think that culture plays more or less of a role than the environment in this distribution?

Essay Topic 3

What advantages did writing give a society? What was early writing typically used for? Using an example, show how writing gave one society an advantage over another.

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