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

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

3. Who devised the idea of "adaptive landscapes"?

4. What unusual seed did the Grants find on Genovesa after El Ni├▒o?

5. What caused the heavy rains in December 1982?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the scope and methods of Trevor Price's observation of the finches.

4. Why did the crew of the Beagle want to stop in the Galapagos, and what did they find there?

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

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

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

8. How do the Grants collect blood samples from the finches?

9. Compare and contrast the Grants' tools on Daphne Major and their tools at Princeton.

10. How do various species get from island to island in the Galapagos? Remember to include examples of both plants and animals.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the theme of journey as it is presented throughout the book, culminating with its appearance in the epilogue.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Weiner's use of description in the scene of the freezer that contains the finches' blood samples.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the significance of the watch and the watchmaker in Darwin's mental development and in the development of evolutionary thought.

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