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 animal was domesticated in southwest Asia?

2. What is true about the greater Polynesian area?

3. What advantage did horses provide?

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

5. When did the history of humans begin?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What are some reasons why hunter-gatherers would adopt food production?

4. Where did food production develop independently?

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

6. Why did societies in New Guinea and Australia develop differently?

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

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

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

10. Why was a north-south axis a disadvantage in the domestication of plants?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one society on which to focus. Does this society have an advantage over others in terms of guns, germs, and steel? Explain why the society either had an advantage or why it was disadvantaged in relation to other groups.

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

Why are some native, wild plants domesticated? Trace the development of domesticating plants, including identifying those wild plants that were among the first domesticated plants.

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