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Yuval Noah Harari
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In what religious philosophy do humans replace gods?
(a) Scientific.
(b) Humanist.
(c) Liberalist.
(d) Agricultural.

2. Why do scientists believe in the mind, or consciousness, but not the soul?
(a) If you have a mind, you can think.
(b) The soul has no visible flow.
(c) The mind is a reality we can see.
(d) The mind is part of the brain.

3. According to Harari, what is the correct classification of sensations and emotions?
(a) Feelings.
(b) Natural selection.
(c) Reproduction.
(d) Algorithms.

4. What culture invented writing and money?
(a) Greeks.
(b) Egyptians.
(c) Sumerians.
(d) Siamese.

5. Why does Harari say American lives are valued more than the lives of the average Afghan?
(a) Afghanistan is not as developed as America.
(b) More money is invested in the education, health and safety of Americans.
(c) America is larger than Afghanistan.
(d) Americans make more money than Afghans.

6. What was the first deadly disease Europeans brought to North America?
(a) Black Death.
(b) Measles.
(c) Syphilis.
(d) Smallpox.

7. To test whether or not an entity is real, what does Harari claim needs to be done?
(a) Determine if the entity is effective.
(b) Find out how many people believe in the entity.
(c) Ask yourself if it can suffer.
(d) Trust your own judgment.

8. What does Harari say humans must overcome to be like gods?
(a) Epidemics.
(b) Malnutrition.
(c) Poverty.
(d) Death.

9. What is biological engineering?
(a) Scientists who also study engineering.
(b) Adding non-organic devices to the human body.
(c) Making changes to human DNA and the genetic code.
(d) The development of super powers.

10. What does the author claim is more dangerous than gunpowder?
(a) Salt.
(b) Gluten.
(c) Pizza.
(d) Sugar.

11. What is the definition of humanism in Harari's book?
(a) The value of humans over animals.
(b) Acting for the common good.
(c) Philosophy of free will.
(d) The worship of humankind.

12. What does Harari believe upsets many people about the theory of evolution?
(a) Darwin's theory cannot be proven.
(b) It denies the existence of the human soul.
(c) People do not believe in the survival of the fittest.
(d) People do not want to believe their ancestors were apes.

13. In ancient Egypt, the pharaoh was considered what type of ruler?
(a) An actual god.
(b) A representative of god.
(c) A king.
(d) A national treasure.

14. The invention of writing enabled humans to organize societies in what manner?
(a) In an algorithmic fashion.
(b) Under commandments given by God.
(c) In a hierarchical framework.
(d) As a bureaucratic society.

15. What was Clever Hans the horse able to do?
(a) Understand commands in German.
(b) Run the Kentucky Derby.
(c) Give the answer to math problems by tapping his hoof.
(d) Cheat at cards.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is the theory of relativity accepted but the theory of evolution is rejected?

2. To what modern concept are the living-god pharaohs compared?

3. What is the cause of most misunderstandings regarding science and religion?

4. When did the idea of having green lawns around dwellings begin?

5. What does the book's title, Homo Deus, mean?

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