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. What is an discussion that has arisen since Diamond's work was first published?

2. What is human's slowest defense against germs?

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

4. The language that did most of the conquering or "engulfing" in Africa was which of the following?

5. Where were the earliest known stone tools with ground edges found?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does Diamond explain the extinction of many large mammals around the world? What other theories have been proposed to explain this? Why does Diamond believe that these theories 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

Diamond suggests that more research needs to be done on how cultural factors influenced the distribution of wealth and power. How might culture affect the development of these differences? Do you think that culture plays more or less of a role than the environment in this distribution?

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