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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who devised the idea of "adaptive landscapes"?
(a) Sewall Wright.
(b) Ian Abbott.
(c) Phillip Gingerich.
(d) Trevor Price.

2. Who analyzed the finch data from the 1970s using partial regression analysis?
(a) Peter Boag.
(b) Trevor Price.
(c) Ian Abbott.
(d) Rosemary Grant.

3. What is the nickname by which Peter calls the finch in Chapter 1?
(a) Famous Bird.
(b) Oolong Oolong.
(c) Trouble.
(d) Cheeky.

4. Where did Peter Grant pursue his undergraduate degree?
(a) Harvard University.
(b) Cambridge University.
(c) UCLA.
(d) New York University.

5. What type of finch is Number 3425?
(a) Goldfinch.
(b) Cactus finch.
(c) Tree finch.
(d) Ground finch.

Short Answer Questions

1. What type of animal was the Eohippus (or the Hyracotherium)?

2. Who was the first person who could recognize all the finches on Daphne Major?

3. Which biologist thought of Darwin's finches as "not separate species at all, but 'hybrid swarms'"?

4. As related at the end of Chapter 3, which person sustained an injury from the barnacles on Daphne Major?

5. What normally causes the finches not to eat Chamaesyce?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the "most miserable piece of data" Peter Boag ever gathered? Explain.

2. Explain the significance about the year 1983 as described in Chapter 8.

3. Explain the metaphor of the watch and the watchmaker.

4. Explain the significance of the Tribulus seed for Darwin's finches.

5. What difference did Darwin see among the barnacles, and how did he react?

6. Summarize the arguments of some of the biologists' early opposition to the theory of evolution.

7. Describe a typical workday for the Grants on Daphne Major.

8. Explain the significance of black and brown feathers in finch males, as discussed in Chapter 6.

9. Describe what Peter Boag and Laurene Ratcliffe did on Daphne Major while waiting for rain.

10. Under what circumstances do finches drink nectar?

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