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. Groups who remained hunter-gatherers into the twentieth century lived in what types of areas?

2. How does Diamond explain the mass extinction of large mammals in some areas?

3. Diamond argues that examining Polynesia helps the reader see what?

4. The arrival of humans on many of the continents coincided with what?

5. Almonds were found in which person's tomb?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is one new piece of information that has come to light since Diamond's work was first published?

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

3. Why do some scholars argue that Europeans expanded and conquered others but China did not?

4. How did the ability to use domesticated plants and animals differentiate the Polynesian societies?

5. What advantages did the Bantu have over other African groups?

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

7. Why did plant domestication and food production did not develop earlier in some of the ecologically better areas?

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

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

10. What are the four different types of societies that Diamond discusses?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does Diamond explain the extinction of many large mammals around the world? What other theories have been proposed to explain this? Why does Diamond believe that these theories are not correct?

Essay Topic 2

What does Diamond believe led to the unequal distribution of wealth and power in the world? Do you agree or disagree with his explanation? Do you think that he is missing any aspects?

Essay Topic 3

What effect does population growth have on societies? What advantages did societies gain as their population grew?

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