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

David Quammen
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through So Huge A Bignes.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Quammen find fault with other scientists studying extinctions?
(a) By saying that their fundamental premises were ungrounded.
(b) By saying that their vocabulary is insufficient to the problems.
(c) By saying that their nostalgia clouds their findings.
(d) By saying that they have only been talking to each other.

2. When does Quammen say his field became a field of inquiry?
(a) With Alfred Wallace.
(b) With Darwin.
(c) With Quammen.
(d) With MacArthur and Wilson.

3. How would you describe Quammen's style?
(a) Linear.
(b) Patient and thorough.
(c) Pedantic.
(d) Disjointed.

4. What is Lovejoy's term for the ecological crisis?
(a) Ecosystem decay.
(b) Faunal collapse.
(c) Catastrophic deterioration.
(d) Relaxation to equilibrium.

5. What advice did Darwin receive from his friends, with regard to Wallace's work?
(a) Credit Wallace and share the glory with him.
(b) To buy Wallace's notes from him, and pledge him to silence.
(c) To work with Wallace and publish a joint theory.
(d) Publish an outline quickly.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many pieces does Quammen ask the reader to imagine the rug being cut into?

2. What is the relationship Quammen develops between the imaginary rug and ecosystems?

3. Who does Quammen say typically collected insects?

4. What is the tone of Quammen's writing in the opening chapter?

5. What literary device describes the questions David Quammen asks about the rug?

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