The Beak of the Finch Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

Jonathan Weiner
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. To which of the researchers' objects are finches always attracted?
(a) A bucket of water.
(b) Fans.
(c) Boots.
(d) The trash can.

2. What Galapagos island is mentioned in the first sentence of Chapter 1?
(a) Daphne Major.
(b) Sin Nombre.
(c) Santiago.
(d) Isabela.

3. Who was the first person who could recognize all the finches on Daphne Major?
(a) Ian Abbott.
(b) Rosemary Grant.
(c) Nicola Grant.
(d) Trevor Price.

4. Which are the "fittest finches on the island," as discussed in Chapter 8?
(a) The hybrids between the scandens and the fortis.
(b) The fuliginosa.
(c) The hybrids between the magnirostris and the fortis.
(d) The scandens.

5. What animals did Darwin call "imps of darkness"?
(a) Iguanas.
(b) Sea lions.
(c) Mockingbirds.
(d) Tortoises.

6. Which type of animal in the Galapagos has one alpha male that mates with many females?
(a) Booby.
(b) Sea lion.
(c) Iguana.
(d) Tortoise.

7. In what year did the Grants first go to the Galapagos?
(a) 1982.
(b) 1976.
(c) 1985.
(d) 1973.

8. Which of the following is not a predator mentioned in Chapter 6?
(a) Piranha.
(b) Cichlid.
(c) Rivulus hartii.
(d) Prawn.

9. What is the name of the building where Peter and Rosemary have their offices?
(a) Ezell Laboratories.
(b) Baker Hall.
(c) Darwin Center of Science.
(d) Eno Hall.

10. Weiner compares the Cactus finch to whom in the beginning of Chapter 2?
(a) The Pilgrims.
(b) The faculty of the University of Michigan.
(c) The Pittsburgh Penguins.
(d) Plains Indians.

11. Whose "Thinking Path" is described in Chapter 9?
(a) John Milton's.
(b) Darwin's.
(c) David Lack's.
(d) Peter Grant's.

12. In how many portfolios did Charles Darwin store his field notes?
(a) 75-80.
(b) 12.
(c) 22.
(d) 30-40.

13. Of whom does Peter Grant keep newspaper photos on his office door?
(a) Rosemary.
(b) Charles Darwin.
(c) A bagpipe player.
(d) Nicola Grant.

14. What animal does Weiner describe as having "the body plan of a volcano"?
(a) Tortoise.
(b) Barnacle.
(c) Crow.
(d) Mussel.

15. Which year was the dry year that is discussed in Chapter 5?
(a) 1983.
(b) 1982.
(c) 1977.
(d) 1973.

Short Answer Questions

1. What book did Darwin call his "Big Book"?

2. What part of the finch is the tarsus?

3. At what university did Lisle Gibbs study?

4. As described at the end of Chapter 6, for what were Trevor Price and Lisle Gibbs waiting?

5. Who devised the idea of "adaptive landscapes"?

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