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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. With what does Rosemary bait the finch traps?
(a) Apple.
(b) Seal blubber.
(c) Birdseed.
(d) Banana.

3. What color "indicates age and experience" in the male finches' feathers?
(a) Gold.
(b) Brown.
(c) Black.
(d) Yellow.

4. Who devised the metaphor of the watch and the watchmaker?
(a) William Shakespeare.
(b) Joseph Hooker.
(c) William Paley.
(d) Darwin.

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

6. What type of bird did Darwin breed back home in England?
(a) Pigeons.
(b) Sparrows.
(c) Mockingbirds.
(d) Swallows.

7. Which biologist thought of Darwin's finches as "not separate species at all, but 'hybrid swarms'"?
(a) David Lack.
(b) Peter Boag.
(c) Percy R. Lowe.
(d) Jamie Smith.

8. As discussed in Chapter 4, which of the finches' traits did Peter Boag study for his thesis?
(a) Survival mechanisms.
(b) Heritability.
(c) Resistance to disease.
(d) Tarsus length.

9. Who argued against the principle of divergence using the phrase "the Ghost of Competition Past"?
(a) David Lack.
(b) Peter Boag.
(c) Darwin.
(d) Joseph Connell.

10. How many species of finch live in the Galapagos Islands?
(a) 15.
(b) 13.
(c) 11.
(d) 7.

11. Who is speaking in the first sentence of Chapter 9?
(a) Darwin.
(b) Trevor Price.
(c) Peter Grant.
(d) Rosemary.

12. In what book does Darwin discuss "sexual selection"?
(a) The Origin of Species.
(b) The Descent of Man.
(c) Zoology of the Voyage of the H.M.S. Beagle.
(d) Journals and Remarks.

13. What plants did the Grants find growing on Nuñez?
(a) Flame trees.
(b) Hibiscus.
(c) Green beans.
(d) Oak trees.

14. As Rosemary relates, what sometimes causes a bamboo pole to become unexpectedly heavy as one carries it?
(a) An iguana.
(b) Guano.
(c) A hawk.
(d) An eagle.

15. Who has deeply studied the history of studying evolution in the Galapagos Islands?
(a) Frank J. Sulloway.
(b) Peter Boag.
(c) William Hamilton.
(d) David Anderson.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which classic work of literature did Darwin take with him on his trip to the Galapagos Islands?

2. Who was Peter Grant's last teacher?

3. As mentioned in Chapter 5, which book did Laurene Ratcliffe read while waiting for rain on Daphne Major?

4. What is the name of the village on Santa Cruz?

5. What organization did Tjitte de Vries direct?

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