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. The large domesticated mammals were all domesticated before what date?

2. Food production meant what to hunting and gathering societies?

3. What is not one of the eight "founder" crops that started in the Fertile Crescent?

4. Traditional arguments seeking to explain domination have often focused on what?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is surprising about where food production developed early?

3. What made the spread of Austronesian culture possible?

4. Why does an early colonization date not ensure a head start, according to Diamond?

5. Did hunter-gatherers adopt the crops and agriculture from neighboring groups or did invaders bring with them the knowledge and crops?

6. Why did Eurasia have an advantage in the domestication of animals?

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

8. How does food production relate to a greater population?

9. Where did food production develop independently?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why do large mammals matter to Diamond's theory? Why is domestication important? What factors determine which large mammals are suitable to be domesticated?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

What makes some large mammals able to be domesticated and others unable? What large mammals have been domesticated? What advantages do they give to societies?

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