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 bird is a teaser and a robber of the blue-footed boobies?

2. What is the name of the archipelago of volcanic peaks due west of Guayaquil?

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

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. What television show does the Captain of the Bahia appear on?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. When does Adolf von Kleist tell Mary Hepburn that he might be a carrier of Huntington's chorea?

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

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

7. Describe the Hotel El Dorado.

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

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

10. Describe the city of Guayaquil as it is described in Chapter 1.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The New York Times Book Review claims that "Vonnegut is a postmodern Mark Twain." Do you agree with this statement? Explain.

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

Make a case for or against the following statement: "Culture and society is just something that humans do because it is programmed in their brains." Use the novel for evidence to support your case.

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