Guns, Germs and Steel Chapter 6 QS
1. What questions will Diamond attempt to answer in this chapter?
2. Explain how scholarly research has upended the commonly held stereotypes about hunters and gatherers. Use these terms in your explanation: work, nourishment, stature and age.
3. What is the relationship between hunting and gathering and being sedentary or migratory?
4. According to Diamond, why did nomadism become a primary strategy of hunters and gatherers?
“the shift from hunting and gathering to food production did not always coincide with a shift from nomadism to sedentary living.”
5. What factors made the shift from hunting and gathering to food production so slow in most parts of the world?
6. What two factors made the shift from hunting and gathering to food production so rapid in southeastern Europe?
7. What five factors led the general shift from hunting gathering to food production during the past 10,000 years? Be sure that you understand each of them.
8. How did climate changes at the end of the Pleistocene and food production cause population densities to rise?
9. Explain how the rise of food production was an auto-catalytic process.
10. What paradox did this auto-catalytic process lead to?
11. Explain why the indigenous peoples of California’s Central Valley didn’t make the shift from hunting and gathering to food production.