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

2. What doe Quammen say about this rule?
(a) It is still not established as accepted science.
(b) It is intuitive, but also more complicated.
(c) It required enormous statistical calculations to arrive at it.
(d) It is highly controversial.

3. How would you describe Quammen's narrative of the dodo's decline and extinction?
(a) Ungrounded fiction.
(b) Speculation.
(c) Detailed narrative.
(d) Detailed hypothesis.

4. Which scientist compared animals on islands with their counterparts on larger landmasses?
(a) Foster.
(b) Quammen.
(c) Darwin.
(d) Wallace.

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

6. What advice did Darwin receive from his friends, with regard to Wallace's work?
(a) To work with Wallace and publish a joint theory.
(b) Credit Wallace and share the glory with him.
(c) To buy Wallace's notes from him, and pledge him to silence.
(d) Publish an outline quickly.

7. What question does Quammen say was debated for years after Darwin's theories were published?
(a) Whether he owed Wallace for the material he borrowed.
(b) Whether he acted honorably toward Wallace.
(c) Whether he stole his work from Wallace.
(d) Whether he developed the theory of evolution on his own.

8. How would you describe Quammen's style?
(a) Linear.
(b) Patient and thorough.
(c) Pedantic.
(d) Disjointed.

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

10. 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 any environment that satisfies its survival requirements.
(d) As the whole history of its development in the ecosystem.

11. Where did Quammen go to study temrecs?
(a) New Zealand.
(b) Madagascar.
(c) Sri Lanka.
(d) Galapagos.

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

13. How does Quammen describe the efforts of other scientists?
(a) Partial.
(b) Insufficient.
(c) Holistic.
(d) Pedantic.

14. Where did the dodo live?
(a) Madagascar.
(b) Sri Lanka.
(c) Mauritius.
(d) Galapagos Islands.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does David Quammen invoke as he describes cutting the rug?

2. How did humans hurt the dodo population directly?

3. When did Krakatau erupt?

4. Where did the dodo nest?

5. How does Quammen find fault with other scientists studying extinctions?

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