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. Archeological evidence links what early culture with later Pacific island cultures?

2. Diamond looks at what type of conflict in China?

3. What did not help the spread of the Austronesian culture?

4. Why do pockets of the three language families other than Sino-Tibetan exist in China?

5. How many "little" languages does China have?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

What influences a hunter-gatherer society to become food producers? What is surprising about this transition?

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