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

David Quammen
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through The Coming Thing.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the difference between an isolate and a sample?
(a) A sample is only representative of itself.
(b) Samples are only statistically related to larger environments.
(c) Trends in an isolate can be applied to larger areas.
(d) An isolate does not have a relation with a larger area.

2. What tragedy struck Wallace on his return to England?
(a) He lost his specimens and notes in a shipwreck.
(b) Someone else arrived in England a few weeks before him with similar specimens.
(c) He became sick and nearly died.
(d)

3. What did Frank Preston say made up the majority of species in any ecosystem?
(a) A large number of small animals that served as food for a number of larger animals.
(b) A large number of fairly common species.
(c) A few very rare species.
(d) A few very common species.

4. What does Quammen say makes animals smaller on islands?
(a) Larger food supply.
(b) Larger predators.
(c) Smaller territories.
(d) Smaller food supply.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Quammen say islands are sometimes formed?

2. What did Wilson and MacArthur postulate according to Quammen?

3. What advice did Darwin receive from his friends, with regard to Wallace's work?

4. Where did the dodo nest?

5. What were the first plants to arrive after the eruption of Krakatau?

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