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. What is the name of the Ecuadorian currency that has become worth less than a banana peel?

2. How many tombs are on the Galapagos Islands?

3. What subject is Adolf von Kleist interest in?

4. The narrator's mother could do all of the following dance forms except which one?

5. How does Mary Hepburn die?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Mary Hepburn practically unseen in the Hotel El Dorado?

3. What two promises does Roy Hepburn ask his wife to keep on his deathbed?

4. Why does Mary Hepburn believe she had a brain tumor in Chapter 7?

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

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

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

8. Who stated, "The dry and parched surface, being heated by the noon-day sun, gave to the air a close and sultry feeling, like that from a stove: we fancied even that the bushes smelt unpleasantly?" What is this statement in reference to?

9. What mystery in 1986 A.D. is discussed in Chapter 1?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the importance of the Afterlife to the novel. What does the Afterlife look like? Do the characters have a choice to enter into the Afterlife? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Identity and self-image are extremely deceiving as many characters in the novel are not whom they claim to be. Why do you think so many characters in the novel claim to be somebody else completely? What does this tell you about importance and emphasis on image and one's identity?

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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