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 is typically necessary for a society to have non-food specialists beyond kings and bureaucrats?

2. When did the history of humans begin?

3. The Giant Leap Forward occurred when?

4. Which of the following was not a domesticated animal?

5. Eurasia's axis runs in what type of line?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How is the production of food related to the advantages of guns, germs, and steel?

4. How did the domestication of animals give some societies an advantage?

5. What was the development of humans like before the Great Leap Forward?

6. What are several stages in the development of plant domestication? Which plants were domesticated in each stage?

7. Why did Australia not develop writing or complex societies as early as other groups, according to Diamond?

8. Why does Diamond believe that China was once more diverse than it is now?

9. What does Diamond argue determined when a group would adopt food production?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

What influences a hunter-gatherer society to become food producers? What is surprising about this transition?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

How did food production affect societies? What advantages did societies that had food production gain over societies that didn't?

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