Last Chance to See 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. Mark Carwardine states that the "________ is an incredibly complex system, but when you're actually standing in it, it looks half-empty."

2. Mark Carwardine explains that there are more _________ per square meter of ground on Komodo than in any equivalent area on earth.

3. Dr. Sutherland explains that the most poisonous spider is the ________, which bites about five hundred people a year.

4. Adams expresses that if you took the whole of ________, scrunched it up a bit, shook out all the moose and reindeer, hurled it ten thousand miles around the world, and filled it with birds, then you'd be wasting your time, because it looks as if someone has already done it.

5. Douglas Adams reveals that there is a good living to be made in Bali from pointing at ________.

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the remarkable feature of the Aye-aye that both Adams and Carwardine analyzed.

2. Describe the first thing Adams and Carwardine saw in the customs hut in Zaire.

3. Analyze and describe the Kakapo.

4. Discuss the French control over Madagascar and the spelling of Antananarivo.

5. What is the significance of the lack of woodpeckers in Madagascar?

6. Discuss the poaching problem described in the chapter, Leopard-Skin Pillbox Hat.

7. What is Kakapo Castle, which is found in the chapter Heartbeats in the Night?

8. What problem arose while Mark Carwardine was arranging travel plans with the Ambassador in Brussels?

9. Discuss the irony Adams saw surrounding the history of lemurs.

10. What extraordinary thing happened to both Adams and Carwardine in Twig Technology?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain how discotheques are used as a metaphor for the confusion that humans bring into the worlds of animals. Why does he use this metaphor? What affect does it have on the reader?

Essay Topic 2

Explain how the theme of poaching contributes to the meaning and significance of Last Chance to See. Define poaching and describe its effects on endangered species. Discuss current measures to circumvent poachers in many countries.

Essay Topic 3

Analyze and discuss the effects humans have on nature and the importance of biodiversity. Reference the book to support your analysis.

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