The Beak of the Finch Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Jonathan Weiner
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In the dry year, how much bigger was the beak of a surviving finch than that of a dead finch?

3. Where do the Grants work in the United States?

4. Whose "Thinking Path" is described in Chapter 9?

5. Which book is quoted at the beginning of Chapter 10?

Short Essay Questions

1. Compare and contrast evolution as seen through the fossil record and as observed in real time.

2. Of what significance is Darwin's Sandwalk to science?

3. Describe the appearance of Daphne Major after it stopped raining in Chapter 7.

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

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

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

7. Why did Trevor Price wait so impatiently for rain, and how did he respond when it continued not to come?

8. Summarize Endler's guppy experiments.

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

10. Describe some of the unusual finch behaviors during the drought.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Weiner's use of metaphor in explicating the information he presents, citing the finches' resemblance to Sisyphus as an example.

Essay Topic 2

Describe Weiner's use of conceit (extended metaphor) and its significance in the book.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss how the experiment with the Crossbill finches has affected the study of evolution.

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