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

David Quammen
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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What traits did sailors notice in animals on remote islands?
(a) They were smaller and harder to observe than their counterparts on land.
(b) They were unafraid of humans, and thus easy prey.
(c) They were more varied than species on land.
(d) They adapted more quickly to environmental changes than animals on larger land masses.

2. What was Lovejoy trying to determine with his plan?
(a) A critical number of ecosystems for a conservation strategy.
(b) An ideal number of species per acre.
(c) An ideal number of reserves for a landscape.
(d) An ideal size for a nature reserve.

3. How would you describe Quammen's vocabulary?
(a) Familiar.
(b) Sophisticated.
(c) Technical and precise.
(d) Off-hand.

4. How does Quammen describe the komodo dragon's territory?
(a) As an island within an island.
(b) As inseparable from the islands where it developed.
(c) As the whole history of its development in the ecosystem.
(d) As any environment that satisfies its survival requirements.

5. What was the consequence of the Simberloff and Abele article?
(a) A shift to a new theory about speciation.
(b) A return to the old paradigm of large reserves holding more species.
(c) A raging debate about theory.
(d) A chaos as scientists didn't know which theory to believe.

Short Answer Questions

1. How would you describe Quammen's narrative of the dodo's decline and extinction?

2. Where does Quammen say isolates can occur?

3. What does Quammen say an island is?

4. Why was the thylacine killed off?

5. What was the first species to arrive in Krakatau after the eruption?

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