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. The Grants' research is compared to which novel?
(a) Anna Karenina.
(b) Jane Eyre.
(c) War and Peace.
(d) Great Expectations.

2. Which animal did the evolutionist David Lack not consider when formulating his ideas, as mentioned in Chapter 4?
(a) Finches.
(b) Barnacles.
(c) Snails.
(d) Paramecia.

3. In Chapter 5, to which mythical figure does Weiner compare the finches?
(a) Sisyphus.
(b) Medusa.
(c) Icharus.
(d) The Sirens.

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

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

6. How long did Darwin study barnacles?
(a) 6 months.
(b) 25 years.
(c) 7 years.
(d) 10 years.

7. As of the time of Rosemary's interview in Chapter 8, how many finches were not banded on Daphne Major?
(a) 12.
(b) 1.
(c) 100.
(d) 20.

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

9. How many sparrows survived the first population crash that Jamie Smith studied?
(a) 102.
(b) 14.
(c) 8.
(d) 56.

10. What caused the heavy rains in December 1982?
(a) A typhoon.
(b) Unusually cold weather.
(c) Global warming.
(d) El Niño.

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

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

13. Who was Trevor Price's assistant in the Galapagos?
(a) Spike Millington.
(b) Laurene Ratcliffe.
(c) Tjitte de Vries.
(d) Carlos Nuñez.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who was Peter Grant's last teacher?

2. According to Weiner, the woodpecker's beak is similar to what tool?

3. In what year did the Grants' team first notice the finches' hybrid breeding?

4. What was the name of Darwin's grandfather?

5. What does Weiner compare to the "flaming sword at the gates of Eden"?

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