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

2. What does the "T' in K-T boundary stand for?

3. What two behaviors are of particular interest to the study of evolution?

4. Where is the helicopter flying in order for Levine to view the carcass?

5. Where is the concept of a technomyth developed?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens in the 1970s that leads scientists to wonder if human behavior could ultimately lead to extinction?

2. Why can complex systems only flourish at the "Edge of Chaos"?

3. Why do the other girls at school taunt Kelly?

4. 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?

5. How does Dodgson convince the head of Biosyn to allow Dodgson one more opportunity to successfully gain the dinosaur DNA he has been seeking?

6. How does Malcolm handle the newscasts that report Malcolm's death in Costa Rica?

7. What is the "Edge of Chaos"?

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

9. According to Victorian-era scientists, what are dinosaurs like?

10. When Thorne and the children arrive at Levine's apartment, name three items that they find.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the characteristics, roles, loyalties, and agendas of the following people in the story: Ed James, Doc Thorne, Lewis Dodgson, and Sarah Harding.

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the course of the novel, Levine works with two very different men in order to prepare for his expedition - and then once on the island itself. Compare and contrast the relationship Levine has with Thorne to the relationship Hammond has with Malcolm. Then, compare and contrast the two men. How do these two relationships influence not only Levine, but the events that take place on the island?

Essay Topic 3

Explore Crichton's story through the quotes used at the beginning of each configuration. How do the quotes fit with the themes and events of each configuration? What do the quotes foreshadow? Why does the author choose these particular ideas - "quotes" from Ian Malcolm - to be at the beginning of each new section?

a. First Configuration - "In the conservative region far from the chaotic edge, individual elements coalesce slowly, showing no clear pattern."

b. Second Configuration - "Self-organization elaborates in complexity as the system advances toward the chaotic edge."

c. Third Configuration - "In the intermediate phase, swiftly developing complexity within the system hides the risk of imminent chaos. But the risk is there."

d. Fourth Configuration - "Approaching the chaotic edge, elements show internal conflict. An unstable and potentially lethal region."

e. Fifth Configuration - "At the edge of chaos, unexpected outcomes occur. The risk to survival is severe."

f. Sixth Configuration - "Order collapses in simultaneous regions. Survival is now unlikely for individuals and groups."

g. Seventh Configuration - "Partial restabilization may occur after eliminating destructive elements. Survival is partly determined by chance events."

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