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. Plants like olives, figs and dates were domesticated around what time?

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

3. Humans developed on what continent?

4. Which area was prominent in the development of weapons?

5. What allowed the Maori to have specialists and warriors as part of their society?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Diamond object to many of the traditional views on the uneven distribution of wealth and power?

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

3. How is climate used as an explanation for the uneven distribution of wealth and power?

4. How do historical sciences differ from non-historical sciences?

5. Fourteen species of large mammals were domesticated. Why weren't other species?

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

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

8. How did leaders of kleptocracies gain support for their systems?

9. What advantages did the Fertile Crescent have in domesticating plants?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How do civilizations and denser populations lead to epidemics? What are epidemics? What effects do they have on societies?

Essay Topic 2

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

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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