Galapagos Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the narrator, what two animals keep the human population nice and manageable, and nobody starves?

2. Who's maiden name is Boone?

3. How does Andrew MacIntosh receive fifty million dollars?

4. What is the name given to the moment when the beaks of the blue-footed boobies are pointed in the direction exactly opposite to the pull of gravity?

5. Mary Hepburn whispers, "You are my enemy. Why would I want to carry such a terrible enemy inside of me?" What is she referring to?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do people describe their brains in Chapter 6?

2. What does the narrator say after the death of Kazakh and James Wait? Why does he say this?

3. Describe Jesus Ortiz . What is his brain capable of doing?

4. How does the narrator write this story?

5. Does Leon Trout obey the Father's request for him to go into the blue tunnel? Explain.

6. What happens to Kazakh in Chapter 31?

7. How is the Bahia married to the South American mainland?

8. In the beginning of Chapter 13, what is Selena and Hisako seeking and finding?

9. In Chapter 25, how is Hernando Cruz's case compared to that of Jesus Ortiz?

10. After 10 years on the Island, how does the Captain change?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Mental illness is a disorder characterized by disturbances in a person's thoughts, emotions, or behavior. Compare and contrast the views of mental illness as seen in the novel to modern day society. Use at least three examples from the novel to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

How are the blue-footed boobies in the novel symbolic? Why do you think the author puts such an emphasis on the blue-footed boobies? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

In Book 1: Chapter 2, the narrator sees the blind Selena as an "experiment by Nature." Explain what the narrator means by an "experiment by Nature." Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not?

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