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

David Quammen
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through The Song of the Indri.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did Philip Darlington propose?
(a) A set of formula that measure biodiversity.
(b) A mathematical ratio between island area and number of species.
(c) A set of exceptions to this rule.
(d) A correction that makes this rule broadly applicable.

2. How many species did Wilson and MacArthur predict would establish an equilibrium in Krakatau?
(a) 250.
(b) 500.
(c) 30.
(d) 50.

3. What was the first species to arrive in Krakatau after the eruption?
(a) A snake.
(b) A bird.
(c) A crocodile.
(d) A spider.

4. What did Lawrence Abele find in his studies?
(a) That two coral heads supported more species than one similar-sized head.
(b) That immigration and extinction are mitigated by adaptation and evolve.
(c) That human influences are part of the environment and cannot be ignored in theories.
(d) That the territorial needs of each species will be determined by their place on the food chain.

5. What does Quammen say is distinctive about the indri?
(a) Its cry.
(b) Its diet.
(c) Its fur.
(d) Its method of reproducing.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was Lovejoy's strategy in his plan?

2. What was Carl Jones trying to rescue in Mauritius?

3. What rule governs the relationship between the size of an island and the number of species it can support?

4. What was the special creation theory?

5. What doe Quammen say about this rule?

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