Galapagos Test | Final 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. Who does the surviving group on board the Bahia expect the most trouble to come from in Chapter 37?

2. What is the language of the majority on Santa Rosalia?

3. The balance between the colonists and their food supply is based on ________.

4. What are "ghetto blasters?"

5. How many years had passed since Mary last spoke to the Captain?

Short Essay Questions

1. Did James Wait ever reproduce? Explain.

2. Who does Akiko name one of her daughters after? Explain.

3. Why does James Wait tell Mary Hepburn to call him by his first name? By what name does Mary call James?

4. Does Leon Trout obey the Father's request for him to go into the blue tunnel? Explain.

5. Why are the Kanka-bono girls laughing at the Captain in Chapter 11? Why does the Captain think they are laughing?

6. Who does Kamikaze catch by the spring and is about to copulate with?

7. In the Captain's story he shares with Akiko, how are lobsters much like humans?

8. What is the irony behind the marriage of Mary Kaplan and Willard Flemming in Book 2: Chapter 4?

9. When does Mary Hepburn begin her artificial insemination program? How old is she at the time?

10. How does Quezeda feed his brain's thirst for self-esteem and alcohol?

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

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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