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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who created the concept of the "darwin"?
(a) Trevor Price.
(b) Peter Grant.
(c) Charles Darwin.
(d) J.B.S. Haldane.

2. What plants did the Grants find growing on Nu├▒ez?
(a) Oak trees.
(b) Hibiscus.
(c) Flame trees.
(d) Green beans.

3. Weiner compares the finches' hunt for seeds to which human food?
(a) Walnuts.
(b) Potato chips.
(c) Twinkies.
(d) Pistachios.

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

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

6. How old are the oldest finches on the island?
(a) 12 years old.
(b) 15 years old.
(c) 13 years old.
(d) 5 years old.

7. Approximately how many islands are in the Galapagos Archipelago?
(a) 24.
(b) 50.
(c) 36.
(d) 10.

8. As described at the end of Chapter 6, for what were Trevor Price and Lisle Gibbs waiting?
(a) A bus.
(b) Nightfall.
(c) Rain.
(d) The dry season.

9. As mentioned in Chapter 5, which book did Laurene Ratcliffe read while waiting for rain on Daphne Major?
(a) Waiting for Godot.
(b) The Sound and the Fury.
(c) A Streetcar Named Desire.
(d) The Agony and the Ecstasy.

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

11. Which famous writer went to Christ's College before Darwin?
(a) Daniel Defoe.
(b) Robert Louis Stevenson.
(c) William Shakespeare.
(d) John Milton.

12. In the dry year, how much bigger was the beak of a surviving finch than that of a dead finch?
(a) Three millimeters.
(b) Two millimeters.
(c) Half a millimeter.
(d) One millimeter.

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

14. What organization did Tjitte de Vries direct?
(a) The Environmental Protection Agency.
(b) The Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
(c) The Finch Unit.
(d) The Charles Darwin Research Station.

15. Which playwright does Weiner quote at the end of Chapter 4?
(a) Maimonides.
(b) Shakespeare.
(c) Chekhov.
(d) Euripides.

Short Answer Questions

1. Weiner compares the Cactus finch to whom in the beginning of Chapter 2?

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

3. What was the name of the captain of Darwin's ship?

4. What is the name of the animal resulting from the cross between a male horse and a female donkey?

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

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