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

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 they have only been talking to each other.
(c) By saying that their vocabulary is insufficient to the problems.
(d) By saying that their nostalgia clouds their findings.

2. What was the special creation theory?
(a) The idea that God made each species for its environment.
(b) The theory that the universe was created especially for man's comfort.
(c) The theory that species developed only the most aesthetic traits.
(d) The theory that man was specifically created out of the best traits of the other animals.

3. What does Quammen interject into his historical narrative about ecosystem studies?
(a) Sociological insights.
(b) Personal stories.
(c) Jokes.
(d) Apocalyptic visions.

4. Why is Krakatau scientifically important?
(a) It is just being populated now.
(b) It is so isolated.
(c) It is a controlled experiment.
(d) It is an exception to most rules of population dispersal.

5. What assumption does Quammen make at the end of his introductory chapter?
(a) That people are willing to change their habits in order to save ecosystems.
(b) That people are outraged about the disappearance of species.
(c) That people are hungry for economic growth, even at the expense of ecosystems.
(d) That people don't know anything about his field.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Which scientist compared animals on islands with their counterparts on larger landmasses?

3. What were theories of species evolution based on in Wallace's time?

4. Who did Robert Bates work with?

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

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