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. Why did it take people longer to cultivate fruit tress?

3. How did farmers end up with plants that fulfilled their needs?

4. Most domesticated mammals have been what?

5. What argument about the mass extinction of large mammals does Diamond argue against?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are the three basic strategies for writing systems?

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

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

5. Why did infectious diseases give some groups an advantage over others?

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

7. What advantages did the Spanish have over the Incas?

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

9. Where did food production develop independently?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

How would you answer Yali's question: "Why is it that you white people developed so much cargo and brought it to New Guinea but we black people had little cargo of our own?" Do you think that Diamond missed any aspects in his answer to Yali's question?

Essay Topic 3

Why does Diamond use the Polynesian Islands as a test of his theory? What conclusions does Diamond get from his examination of these societies?

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