The Beak of the Finch Test | Final 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. What part of the human is comparable to the finch's beak, according to Weiner?
(a) The digestive tract.
(b) The mind.
(c) The eye.
(d) The hand.

2. Who made the statement about Cleopatra's nose that is quoted in Chapter 11?
(a) Aesop.
(b) Isaac Newton.
(c) Pascal.
(d) Pythagorus.

3. How many species of Cichlid live in Lake Victoria?
(a) 15.
(b) 56.
(c) 200.
(d) 500.

4. What do Crossbills eat?
(a) The seeds in pinecones.
(b) Berries.
(c) Earthworms.
(d) Acorns.

5. How many species of finch are there in Hawaii?
(a) 60.
(b) 113.
(c) 40.
(d) 32.

6. On what drenched island near the equator do finches live, as mentioned in Chapter 19?
(a) Rapa Nui.
(b) Panama.
(c) Cocos.
(d) Jamaica.

7. Whom did Darwin commission to breed unusual combinations of pigeons?
(a) Lord Byron.
(b) Arthur Conan Doyle.
(c) Sir John Sebright.
(d) John Sewall.

8. What is "one of the greatest remaining mysteries in biology," according to Weiner?
(a) Pigmentation.
(b) The missing link.
(c) Human consciousness.
(d) Origins of the universe.

9. What do the Grants keep in the freezer in the "sub-subbasement'?
(a) Hotdogs.
(b) Bacteria.
(c) Ice core samples.
(d) Blood samples.

10. Who wrote the book The Blind Watchmaker?
(a) Richard Dawkins.
(b) Rob Bell.
(c) Mark Powell.
(d) Thomas Aquinas.

11. Who has catalogued Darwin's spelling mistakes?
(a) Jackson Pollock.
(b) Rosemary Grant.
(c) Sir John Sebright.
(d) Frank J. Sulloway.

12. When did the ancestors of humans start to walk?
(a) 40 million years ago.
(b) 6-7 million years ago.
(c) 200,000 years ago.
(d) 8000 years ago.

13. How many mating songs does each species of finch have?
(a) 4.
(b) 2.
(c) 1.
(d) 7.

14. What is the name of the Charles Darwin Research Station's journal?
(a) Noticias de Galapagos.
(b) Darwin Daily.
(c) Noticias del Mar.
(d) Imprimatur Evolutionii.

15. What is the name of the mutant gene that helps flies resist DDT?
(a) Zdp.
(b) Env.
(c) Kdr.
(d) Mvw.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which animal did Lewontin and Birch study?

2. How many people carry the bacteria that causes tuberculosis?

3. As mentioned in Chapter 16, Darwin states that which bird landed on his water pitcher?

4. For what university did the drosophilists discussed in Chapter 12 work?

5. What does the illustration in The Origin of Species depict?

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