Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following was not a disease that killed large number of peoples in the Americas?

2. If knowledge brings power, what increases the power, according to Diamond?

3. Where does Diamond believe that more research needs to be done?

4. Diamond argues that European conquest of Africa had nothing to do with what?

5. The Miao-Yao family of language is spoken where?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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?

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