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Columbian Exchange: Diseases (Grade 8)

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Columbian Exchange: Diseases

More diseases spread from the New World to the Old World than the other way around.
  1. True
  2. False
Yellow fever was especially prevalent in the Caribbean after the Aedes aegypti mosquito arrived from which continent?
  1. Asia
  2. Africa
  3. Europe
  4. South America
An outbreak of which disease in 1531 caused the deaths of half of the population of Honduras?
  1. typhus
  2. measles
  3. smallpox
  4. diphtheria
Before the arrival of Europeans, the common cold and the flu were unknown in the Americas.
  1. True
  2. False
Smallpox had a greater effect on the Native American populations than the Black Plague did in Europe.
  1. True
  2. False
Native to Africa, quinine helped Europeans fight the New World disease malaria.
  1. True
  2. False
Which disease was known as the "great pox"?
  1. typhoid
  2. syphilis
  3. measles
  4. tuberculosis
Syphilis is believed to have originated in the Americas.
  1. True
  2. False
Spread by ticks, which disease is thought to have originated in the region of New England?
  1. Typhus
  2. Influenza
  3. Pertussis
  4. Lyme disease
Why were the Native Americans much more susceptible to the diseases from the Old World than were the Europeans?

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