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. Diamond looks at what type of conflict in China?

2. Why did Australians not develop writing, more complex technologies, or more complex societies?

3. What does Diamond attribute the differences in development to?

4. Why did the developments occur later in the Americas that in Europe?

5. Africa is home to how many major human groups?

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

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

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