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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. What is the tone of Quammen's writing in the opening chapter?
(a) Morose.
(b) Familiar.
(c) Agitated.
(d) Bellicose.

2. What family does Quammen say hippopotamuses and deer belong to?
(a) Anamnia.
(b) Monorhina.
(c) Marsupials.
(d) Ungulates.

3. 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.

4. How did sailors describe the dodo?
(a) Swift.
(b) Stupid.
(c) Canny.
(d) Cagey.

5. Where is Krakatau?
(a) Malay Archipelago.
(b) Tunisia.
(c) Italy.
(d) Japan.

6. What were the first plants to arrive after the eruption of Krakatau?
(a) Mosses and ferns.
(b) Grasses.
(c) Mushrooms.
(d) Lichens.

7. When does Quammen say his field became a field of inquiry?
(a) With MacArthur and Wilson.
(b) With Alfred Wallace.
(c) With Darwin.
(d) With Quammen.

8. How did humans hurt the dodo population directly?
(a) By building on their nesting grounds.
(b) By gathering their eggs and hunting them.
(c) By killing the trees that supplied them with food.
(d) By killing them for sport.

9. What is the relationship Quammen develops between the imaginary rug and ecosystems?
(a) Symbolism.
(b) Extended metaphor.
(c) Analogy.
(d) Synecdoche.

10. What surprising dispersal ability does Quammen say elephants have?
(a) Ability to go without water for weeks.
(b) Ability to swim long distances.
(c) Ability to be carried on wind currents.
(d) Ability to be carried in other animals' fur.

11. What literary device describes the questions David Quammen asks about the rug?
(a) Rhetorical question.
(b) Sarcasm.
(c) Aopstrophe.
(d) Leading question.

12. What were Frank Preston's findings in plotting the distribution of species in island habitats?
(a) A random relationship between size of island and commonness of species.
(b) A bell curve to represent commonness of species.
(c) A direct proportion to represent commonness of species.
(d) An indirect proportion to represent commonness of species.

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

14. What function does the first chapter serve?
(a) Prediction.
(b) Introduction.
(c) Prophecy.
(d) Explanation.

15. What does Quammen say makes animals smaller on islands?
(a) Larger food supply.
(b) Smaller territories.
(c) Larger predators.
(d) Smaller food supply.

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

4. What is Lovejoy's term for the ecological crisis?

5. Where does Quammen say isolates can occur?

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