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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When Arby sees a strange looking memo at Levine's apartment, what does Arby realize he is looking at?
(a) Biosyn's blueprints.
(b) Recovered data.
(c) InGen's security system.
(d) Bribes to Costa Rican officials.

2. Where is the helicopter flying in order for Levine to view the carcass?
(a) Rojas.
(b) Isla Nublar.
(c) Ricas.
(d) Panama.

3. What invention makes complexity theory possible?
(a) Computers.
(b) Text messaging.
(c) The internet.
(d) Video recorders.

4. According to the Biosyn spy, Levine left the country and traveled to Costa Rica. How long has Levine been gone?
(a) One day.
(b) One week.
(c) Two weeks.
(d) Two days.

5. What do complexity theorists term the behavior that is common to all complex systems?
(a) Didactic.
(b) Self-defeating.
(c) Self-organizing.
(d) Supportive iterations.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Malcolm's speech, how many species of plants and animals are currently on the planet?

2. After overhearing the telephone conversation in the San Jose airport, who does Levine immediately call?

3. What is the name of the man who, in the 1960s, imagines that dinosaurs are warm-blooded creatures?

4. When are the high levels of iridium at the K-T boundary discovered?

5. When Kelly goes into Thorne's office to say goodbye, who does she learn will be accompanying Malcolm and Thorne on the trip to Costa Rica?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to Malcolm's speech, what is life marked by?

2. A statue of a raptor is outside the biology department at the university where Malcolm works. Why does Malcolm think the statue of the velociraptor is insulting to the raptor?

3. Why is Kelly thrilled to learn that Thorne will call Sarah Harding if he can't reach Levine on the sat phone?

4. In the 1970s, why could no one answer questions regarding the fragility of the earth's ecosystem?

5. What do the members of Malcolm's audience have in common?

6. Why does the tissue sample that Malcolm sends to his contact at the zoo for analysis cause a stir at the zoo?

7. What is the "Edge of Chaos"?

8. What is reductionism? Is it useful in complexity theory or not?

9. When the theory of evolution was first presented, there was very little debate. Why?

10. What two events occur in the 1970s that cause scientists to focus their attention on extinction?

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