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. Who named one finch species "Geospiza incerta," which, according to Weiner, means "ground finch, I guess"?
(a) John Gould.
(b) Carolus Linnaeus.
(c) Darwin.
(d) Peter Grant.

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

3. How many times did the Croton trees bloom in the rains of 1982-83?
(a) 7.
(b) 2.
(c) 1.
(d) 5.

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

5. Which book is quoted at the beginning of Chapter 10?
(a) The Odyssey.
(b) Gilgamesh.
(c) Ovid.
(d) Genesis.

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

7. What book did Darwin call his "Big Book"?
(a) The Voyage of the Beagle.
(b) Galapagos.
(c) The Origin of Species.
(d) War and Peace.

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

9. Whose A Short History of Biology "killed Darwin with kindness," according to Weiner?
(a) Singer's.
(b) Percy Bysshe Shelley's.
(c) David Lack's.
(d) Peter Grant's.

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

11. How long have the Grants been conducting research on this island?
(a) 20 years.
(b) 5 years.
(c) 30 years.
(d) 12 years.

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

13. Who wrote the book Natural Selection in the Wild?
(a) John Endler.
(b) David Lack.
(c) Charles Darwin.
(d) Peter Grant.

14. What organism did Darwin's colleague Joseph Hooker study?
(a) Bracket fungi.
(b) Sea cucumbers.
(c) Seals.
(d) Ferns.

15. According to chapter 9, what percentage of the birds on Darwin's property were killed in the cold weather?
(a) 10%.
(b) 40%.
(c) 80%.
(d) 25%.

Short Answer Questions

1. What animal does Weiner describe as having "the body plan of a volcano"?

2. What do the iguanas in the Galapagos eat?

3. Who is "the greatest authority on plants of the Galapagos"?

4. Which year was the dry year that is discussed in Chapter 5?

5. What was the name of the boat by which the Grants traveled from island to island, as mentioned in Chapter 8?

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