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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which type of fish is discussed at length in Chapter 6?
(a) Guppy.
(b) Goldfish.
(c) Betta.
(d) Cod.

2. What was the name of the captain of Darwin's ship?
(a) FitzRoy.
(b) McCoy.
(c) Dickens.
(d) FitzWilliam.

3. Which classic work of literature did Darwin take with him on his trip to the Galapagos Islands?
(a) Paradise Lost.
(b) Hamlet.
(c) The Divine Comedy.
(d) Candide.

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

5. According to Weiner, the woodpecker's beak is similar to what tool?
(a) Pickaxe.
(b) Awl.
(c) Shovel.
(d) Chisel.

6. Who, when observing Darwin's finches in museums, noticed the many differences in the birds' beaks?
(a) William Paley.
(b) Percy R. Lowe.
(c) David Lack.
(d) Osbert Salvin.

7. Where did John Endler build his experimental ponds?
(a) University of Michigan.
(b) Yale University.
(c) University of Manitoba.
(d) Princeton University.

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

9. Where do the Grants work in the United States?
(a) Yale University.
(b) The Ohio State University.
(c) NASA.
(d) Princeton University.

10. In Chapter 6, what does Weiner compare to a Petri dish?
(a) Daphne Major.
(b) Genovesa.
(c) Earth.
(d) New York City.

11. What was the name of the boat by which the Grants traveled from island to island, as mentioned in Chapter 8?
(a) The Enforcer.
(b) The Flamingo.
(c) The Grossbeak.
(d) The Sea Lion.

12. What color is the beak of a finch that is about to mate?
(a) Black.
(b) Green.
(c) Brown.
(d) Yellow.

13. What is the name of the instrument the Grants use to measure the hardness of the seeds the finches eat?
(a) The Princeton omni-tool.
(b) Sphygmomanometer.
(c) The McGill nutcracker.
(d) The McGill barometer.

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

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. Approximately how many islands are in the Galapagos Archipelago?

2. Which of the following is not a predator mentioned in Chapter 6?

3. Whose A Short History of Biology "killed Darwin with kindness," according to Weiner?

4. What unusual seed did the Grants find on Genovesa after El Niño?

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

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