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 war did the narrator fight in?

2. What magazine does Andrew MacIntosh read from cover to cover every month?

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

4. What is the name of the cruise ship that takes its maiden voyage to the Galapagos Islands?

5. Who wants to become a major property owner in Ecuador?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 9, what is Roy Hepburn's dying compared to? Explain.

2. In a desperate attempt to keep his passengers from canceling their cruise on the Bahia, what does Bobby King do?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Compare and contrast Mandarax to Gokubi.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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.

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