Chapter abstracts are short descriptions of events that occur in each chapter. They highlight major plot events and detail the important relationships and characteristics of characters and objects. The Chapter Abstracts can be used to review what the students have read, or to prepare the students for what they will read. Hand the abstracts out in class as a study guide, or use them as a "key" for a class discussion. They are relatively brief, but can serve to be an excellent refresher of the text for either a student or teacher.
Part 1, Chapter 1 Abstract
* The Grants are doing their normal work on Daphne Major, measuring finches and recording the data.
* The Grants are performing some of the empirical research that Darwin did not perform, so that they may prove his hypotheses.
Part 1, Chapter 2 Abstract
* The Grants arrive by boat on Daphne Major with all their equipment and...
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