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

David Quammen
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through The Man Who Knew Islands.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Quammen describe the efforts of other scientists?
(a) Holistic.
(b) Partial.
(c) Insufficient.
(d) Pedantic.

2. What evidence did Wallace site to suggest problems with the special creation theory?
(a) That when species were displaced, they sometimes thrived in the new territory.
(b) That human beings could be found in every climate.
(c) That some ecological niches went unfilled.
(d) That species had adapted to every different environment on earth.

3. What ecosystem does Wallace distinguish from ecosystems that developed in isolation?
(a) Ecosystems where people had introduced new species.
(b) Ecosystems that were simplified over time.
(c) Ecosystems where great complexity developed out of local conditions.
(d) Ecosystems that had been part of a larger land mass, but broke away.

4. What question does Quammen say was debated for years after Darwin's theories were published?
(a) Whether he stole his work from Wallace.
(b) Whether he developed the theory of evolution on his own.
(c) Whether he acted honorably toward Wallace.
(d) Whether he owed Wallace for the material he borrowed.

5. What does Quammen says Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace had in common?
(a) They both studied birds.
(b) They both found hostile responses to their work.
(c) They both collected insects and primates.
(d) They both studied island ecosystems.

Short Answer Questions

1. How would you describe Quammen's vocabulary?

2. What is Quammen really describing as he imagines the hacked up rug?

3. What function does the first chapter serve?

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

5. What tragedy struck Wallace on his return to England?

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