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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. Who is unmarried, never reproduced, and drowns by a tidal wave?

2. 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?

3. What make and model vehicle does Hernando Cruz drive?

4. Who befriended Wait after he ran away from home and taught him how to be a successful homosexual prostitute?

5. How many species of finch are on the Island of Santa Rosalia?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 3, how is Charles Darwin described?

2. Give two theories that are discussed for how animals arrived on the Galapagos Islands.

3. How does Mary Hepburn recognize the Island of Santa Rosalia in Chapter 24?

4. Discuss the three examples the narrator uses to show how people can become independent from their parents.

5. Compare and contrast the Bahia De Darwin to the Beagle.

6. Summarize James Wait's childhood as it is described in Chapter 3.

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

8. What is Mandarax? Who created it? How many Mandarax were made? What is its function?

9. Who is Akiko, and what is unique about her? Where is she born?

10. In what way is Mary Hepburn "Mother Nature Personified?"

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Courting of a potential mate is easily seen between both animals and human beings. To what extent is animal courting similar to that of human courting? Use examples from the text to explain your answer.

Essay Topic 2

The portrait of Charles Darwin hangs behind the bar in the Hotel El Dorado. Why do you think Charles Darwin is such an important figure to the characters in the novel? In your opinion, do you think Charles Darwin should be seen as an idol? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Theories of how animals landed on the Galapagos Islands vary from transportation via rafts to religious phenomena. Discuss at least three theories revealed in the text as to how animals landed on the Islands; to what extent can these theories be proven? Explain.

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