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 becomes crucial to the survival of the little human colony on Santa Rosalia?

2. What other subject did Mary Hepburn teach at Ilium High School?

3. According to the narrator, what made marriage so difficult?

4. What subject did Mary Hepburn teach at the public high school in Ilium, New York?

5. Who was a former citizen of the Soviet Union and has been granted political asylum in Great Britain?

Short Essay Questions

1. Does Mary Hepburn want to go to the Galapagos Islands? Explain.

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

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

4. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In Book 2: Chapter 7, Leon Trout must face the decision whether to go into the afterlife or stay for a million years to watch humanity evolve. He cannot let go of the unfolding story of humankind, at least not for another million years. Why do you think Leon is given a million years to stay on earth? Do you think there is a limit to the amount of knowledge the Father wants Leon to have? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

An important theme to the novel is that "human perception creates and perpetrates suffering." Use specific reasons and examples from the text that support this theme.

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