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David Quammen
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How many pieces does Quammen ask the reader to imagine the rug being cut into?
(a) 6.
(b) 12.
(c) 144.
(d) 36.

2. What does Quammen say makes his field important?
(a) Because it has predicted recent phenomena.
(b) Because it accounts for events other fields cannot account for.
(c) Because island ecosystems are a good metaphor for ecosystems as a whole.
(d) Because it is holistic and global in scope.

3. What is the difference between an isolate and a sample?
(a) An isolate does not have a relation with a larger area.
(b) A sample is only representative of itself.
(c) Samples are only statistically related to larger environments.
(d) Trends in an isolate can be applied to larger areas.

4. 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) Publish an outline quickly.
(d) To work with Wallace and publish a joint theory.

5. What is the term that encompasses David Quammen's overall idea?
(a) Island biogeography.
(b) Functional adaptation.
(c) Ecosystem collapse.
(d) Survival of the fittest.

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

7. What does Michael Soule study?
(a) Dodos.
(b) Birds in Guam.
(c) Tasmanian tigers.
(d) Lizards in the Gulf of California.

8. What did the dodo eat?
(a) Small mammals and snakes.
(b) Fruit.
(c) Insects.
(d) Other birds.

9. What does Quammen say about each of the pieces?
(a) They are unintelligible without the whole design.
(b) They are each complete in themselves.
(c) They are complex and well made.
(d) They are nothing without the whole.

10. What is a trophic cascade?
(a) The result of change in one species' hunting habits.
(b) The cycle of expansion and contraction in animal populations.
(c) The consequences of habitat depletion.
(d) The interrelation between species.

11. Who is Owen Griffiths?
(a) A sailor from the 18th century.
(b) A monkey researcher in Mauritius.
(c) An insect researcher in Madagascar.
(d) A bird researcher in Australia.

12. What kinds of animals did Philip Darlington look at?
(a) Reptiles.
(b) Birds.
(c) Mammals.
(d) Insects.

13. What did Frank Preston say made up the majority of species in any ecosystem?
(a) A few very rare species.
(b) A few very common species.
(c) A large number of fairly common species.
(d) A large number of small animals that served as food for a number of larger animals.

14. What literary term describes Quammen's use of the image of the Persian rug?
(a) Metaphor.
(b) Symbolism.
(c) Simile.
(d) Personification.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. When does a species' dispersal ability become important, according to Quammen?

2. Where did the dodo nest?

3. What did Frank Preston study?

4. What does Quammen say makes animals smaller on islands?

5. How does Quammen describe the efforts of other scientists?

(see the answer keys)

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