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. What factor meant that population could grow?

2. What weapon was used by the Incas?

3. Which of the following did the inhabitants of the Polynesian islands not share?

4. Germs from what produced epidemics in Native American and Australian societies?

5. Which of these areas does not have a climate similar to the Fertile Crescent?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the four stages in how diseases are transferred from animals to humans?

2. How does the shift to sedentary lifestyles change societies?

3. How did humans choose which plants to begin domesticating?

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

5. What is surprising about where food production developed early?

6. What is one other explanation (different than Diamond's) to explain the uneven distribution of wealth and power.

7. What are some of the changes that have occurred in plants because of domestication?

8. Why does Diamond argue that wealth and power are distributed unevenly across the globe?

9. Why did food production not occur earlier in history?

10. Why did the developments happen later in the Americas than in Eurasia?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why weren't Native Americans, Africans, and Aboriginal Australians the ones who conquered and killed Europeans and Asians? What factors lead to these groups being on the losing end rather than the winning one?

Essay Topic 2

How would you answer Yali's question: "Why is it that you white people developed so much cargo and brought it to New Guinea but we black people had little cargo of our own?" Do you think that Diamond missed any aspects in his answer to Yali's question?

Essay Topic 3

Why did the societies in New Guinea and Australia develop at different times? What differences were present between these areas?

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