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Yuval Noah Harari
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Writing and money made it possible to _______________.
(a) Start businesses.
(b) Count the number of people.
(c) Sell land.
(d) Start collecting taxes.

2. What is the single greatest constant in history?
(a) People never change.
(b) We always learn lessons.
(c) Everything changes.
(d) The future is unknown.

3. One core emotion shared by all mammals is ___________.
(a) Self preservation.
(b) The survival of the fittest.
(c) The instinct to run from danger.
(d) The mother-infant bond.

4. For what was Santino the chimpanzee at the Furuvik Zoo known?
(a) Escaping from his cage.
(b) Throwing rocks at visitors to the zoo.
(c) Solving math problems.
(d) Hiding whenever people were around.

5. What did Chinese bureaucrats do to make it seem as though Mao Zedong's agricultural program was working?
(a) They pretended not to know about Mao Zedong's program.
(b) They withheld food from the poor to stock warehouses.
(c) They bought extra food from foreign governments.
(d) They created imaginary reports about increases in agricultural output.

Short Answer Questions

1. What makes the fate of domesticated animals particularly harsh?

2. What British explorer first landed on the island of Hawaii?

3. Harari referred to algorithms as __________.

4. What is the Problem of Other Minds?

5. Scientists claim biblical Judaism was not a scripture-based religion, it was a(n) __________.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the author state that in practice the life of an American is valued more than the life of an Afghan?

2. What is the history that influences people to have a lawn in front of their houses?

3. According to Harari, what are the key interests of religion and science respectively?

4. What culture invented writing and money?

5. When Europeans came to the Americas, what caused the deaths of millions of native people?

6. What do monotheists believe is the human spark that makes homo sapiens superior to other animals?

7. What invention allowed humans to tell longer stories and organize their societies?

8. What does Harari refer to as the closest thing to a global constitution?

9. What are the two pillars of happiness according to Harari?

10. How did John Stuart Mill describe happiness?

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