Guns, Germs, and Steel Study Guide Essay

1454 Words May 30th, 2013 6 Pages
AP World History
Summer Reading Assignment
Guns, Germs, and Steel

Chapter 1: Up to the Starting Line
Q: What was the Great Leap Forward? Describe the life of a Cro-Magnon person. What impact did the arrival of humans have on big animals? Provide an example. Which continent had a head start in 11,000 BCE (Before Common Era)?
A: the great leap forward was when human history first began to take off and the humans at that time began to become more like us modern humans today.
The humans that were most similar to modern humans were called Cro-Magnon. Cro-Magnons were hunter-gatherers and they exceeded in that area. They produced diverse tools with distinct shapes that are easily identified with modern tools. The Cro-Magnons were very
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The author tells how Pizarro had only a dozen guns and how he used them more in a psychological way than physically to kill. What strikes me the most is how Pizarro and his men killed 80,000 Indians when there was only 168 of them and not one of his men were harmed. It says how they would fire the guns and it would scare and panic the Indians and that close to all Indians were killed by swords and daggers. I find this strategy really wise and I think it is a part of why Pizarro was so successful in conquering and defeating others.



Chapter 4: Farmer Power
Q: Write a paragraph explaining the chart. Do you agree with the authors conclusions? What advantages are gained by being the first to domesticate animals?
A: The chart in this chapter is explaining the factors that allow some people to overcome others. For example, the factor of having domesticated animals and plants allowed epidemics and diseases. However, at the same time domestic animals and plants provided sustainable food. I agree with the author’s conclusion and the chart because it is true that something good and beneficial may also cause harm. On the note of having domesticated animals and plants, to many it gave them an advantage. It allowed, like I said before, sustainable food. That food source enabled many to be fed and it led to tows being built. With that food supply, it also led to army being built to protect that food supply and…