Summer Reading and Writing Assignment

AP World History

Students are to read “Guns, Germs, and Steel” by Jared Diamond and complete the following questionnaire:

*This assignment is due on August 11, 2018.

1. Why do you think that Jared Diamond titled the book as he did?
2. What is the main thesis of his book?
3. Describe three main arguments that he makes in his book and cite the evidence to support his arguments. Provide one argument from the first third of the book, one argument from the second third, and one argument from the last third of the book.

 

Students also need to read an article by Jared Diamond, “The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race” which they can find at: http://www.sigervanbrabant.be/docs/Diamond.PDF. Students need to answer the 4 questions in the introduction and define the glossary terms indicated.