The Beak of the Finch Quiz | Two Week Quiz A

Jonathan Weiner
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Part 2, Chapter 12.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What normally causes the finches not to eat Chamaesyce?
(a) Its furry exterior.
(b) Its hardness.
(c) Its thorns.
(d) Its latex substance.

2. In what year was the Charles Darwin Research Station founded?
(a) 1912.
(b) 1972.
(c) 1888.
(d) 1960.

3. Who named one finch species "Geospiza incerta," which, according to Weiner, means "ground finch, I guess"?
(a) Darwin.
(b) John Gould.
(c) Carolus Linnaeus.
(d) Peter Grant.

4. What does Weiner compare to the "flaming sword at the gates of Eden"?
(a) The principle of divergence.
(b) Sexual selection.
(c) El Niño.
(d) Natural selection.

5. Who developed the "principle of divergence"?
(a) David Lack.
(b) Trevor Price.
(c) Carolus Linnaeus.
(d) Darwin.

Short Answer Questions

1. Cactus finches build their nest to protect themselves from which animal?

2. As related at the end of Chapter 3, which person sustained an injury from the barnacles on Daphne Major?

3. Who helped Jamie Smith analyze his data on sparrows?

4. What do Crossbills eat?

5. How many populations of finches did the Grants study during their first year in the Galapagos?

(see the answer key)

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