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

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

3. Who did Robert Bates work with?
(a) Darwin.
(b) Wallace.
(c) Quammen.
(d) Wilson.

4. What does Quammen say an island is?
(a) A replica of other ecosystems.
(b) An isolate.
(c) A sample.
(d) A fundamentally unique environment.

5. How did humans hurt the dodo population indirectly?
(a) By competing for the dodo's food supply themselves.
(b) By introducing competitors for food.
(c) By collecting too many dodos for scientific study.
(d) By breaking up dodo populations for colonization to other islands.

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

7. What is the genre of The Song of the Dodo?
(a) Fiction.
(b) Fantasy.
(c) Non-fiction.
(d) Prophecy.

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

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

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

11. What belief of Darwin's has modern science disproved?
(a) That species can only react to their environmental conditions.
(b) That evolve tends toward the perfection of each species.
(c) That science would fill in all the missing links in the evolutionary chain.
(d) That traits a parent acquires during its life are passed down to its young.

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

13. Where does Quammen say isolates can occur?
(a) Only on islands.
(b) In the bottoms of lakes.
(c) On islands and on land.
(d) Only in areas separated by steep mountains or deserts.

14. What was Tasmania's environmental history, according to Quammen?
(a) It experienced a catastrophic eruption that killed off everything on the island, before life returned slowly.
(b) It was isolated by a growing mountain range in India.
(c) It was separated from Australia by water.
(d) It was formed by a volcano in the sea.

15. How did Wallace put Darwin in a tough spot, according to Quammen?
(a) By publishing his theory first.
(b) By having looked at Darwin's theories before he published his own.
(c) By having used some of Darwin's observations in his own work.
(d) By telling him about his work.

Short Answer Questions

1. What assumption does Quammen make at the end of his introductory chapter?

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

3. What ecosystem does Wallace distinguish from ecosystems that developed in isolation?

4. How long after the eruption did it take for 271 species to be counted at Krakatau?

5. What does a species have if it has high dispersal ability?

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