The Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinctions Quiz | One Week Quiz A

David Quammen
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through The Song of the Indri.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is a sample?
(a) A defined area of a large system.
(b) The list of species in an area.
(c) The set of interrelationships that govern a particular climate and ecosystem.
(d) The data that comes from studying an area, large or small.

2. What does a species have if it has high dispersal ability?
(a) The ability to move from place to place.
(b) The ability to change their environment to suit their own traits.
(c) The ability to adapt to new environmental conditions.
(d) The ability to withstand great environmental changes.

3. How many individuals were thought to be necessary to prevent harmful inbreeding?
(a) 200.
(b) 500.
(c) 5,000.
(d) 50.

4. When does a species' dispersal ability become important, according to Quammen?
(a) When an island loses all its life after a catastrophic event.
(b) When the species is isolated by mountain ranges or lakes.
(c) When a species is forced to find new food sources.
(d) When a species is threatened by new predators.

5. What were Frank Preston's findings in plotting the distribution of species in island habitats?
(a) A direct proportion to represent commonness of species.
(b) A random relationship between size of island and commonness of species.
(c) An indirect proportion to represent commonness of species.
(d) A bell curve to represent commonness of species.

Short Answer Questions

1. What family does Quammen say hippopotamuses and deer belong to?

2. What kinds of animals did Philip Darlington look at?

3. What assertion did Frank Preston make based on his data?

4. How do scientists relate data from samples and isolates to larger areas?

5. How many individuals were thought to be required for long-term genetic adaptability?

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