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. How did Native American hunting and gathering societies become farmers?

2. Studies have failed to show differences in what among people on different continents?

3. Why were the Europeans not affected by the infectious diseases that they brought to places like the Americas and Australia?

4. What is a factor that influenced a group to adopt agriculture?

5. How many of the original fourteen large domesticated mammals became widespread across the globe?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Diamond think inventions occur?

3. What happened in the encounter between the Incas and the Spanish?

4. Where did food production develop independently?

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

6. How do inventions spread between societies?

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

8. What are some areas where food production didn't develop early on but the environment is ecologically suited to food production?

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

10. How did the Maori and the Moriori differ?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

What are some of the other theories that try to explain the differing development of societies? How does Diamond refute these theories? Why does he believe that they are not correct?

Essay Topic 2

What are the advantages that the Fertile Crescent has that allowed it to be the one of the earliest sites of development? How do these advantages relate to Europe's advantages?

Essay Topic 3

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

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