Thirty-Six Persian Throw Rugs
1. What function does the first chapter serve?
2. What is the genre of The Song of the Dodo?
3. What is the tone of Quammen's writing in the opening chapter?
4. What literary term describes Quammen's use of the image of the Persian rug?
5. How many pieces does Quammen ask the reader to imagine the rug being cut into?
6. What does Quammen say about each of the pieces?
(a) They are nothing without the whole.
(b) They are each complete in themselves.
(c) They are unintelligible without the whole design.
(d) They are complex and well made.
7. What does Quammen say about the overall pattern on this hypothetical rug?
(a) It can still be reassembled.
(b) It only exists in nostalgia.
(c) It is ruined.
(d) It is theoretical, now.
8. What literary device describes the questions David Quammen asks about the rug?
(a) Leading question.
(c) Rhetorical question.
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