The Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinctions Test | Final Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What observation did Wilson make to Quammen?
(a) That fewer species were found on more remote islands.
(b) That islands with caves had the greatest biodiversity.
(c) That species diversity declined in islands in the southern hemisphere.
(d) That taller islands had more species.

2. What is the tone of the final chapter?
(a) Optimistic.
(b) Dire.
(c) Portentous.
(d) Foreboding.

3. What did this species do in the location where Quammen was told to look for them?
(a) Migrated.
(b) Hibernated.
(c) Mated.
(d) Fed.

4. Where did Lovejoy implement his plan?
(a) In India.
(b) In the U.S.
(c) In Brazil.
(d) In Argentina.

5. What data does William Newmark look at in his studies?
(a) Species census in U.S. natural reserves.
(b) Bird sightings in U.S. migrations.
(c) Wildlife sightings in natural parks.
(d) Fisheries census.

6. How did Quammen make his way to this site?
(a) On foot.
(b) By boat.
(c) By ascending a rope.
(d) By descending into a cave.

7. How did the data from Krakatau match Wilson and MacArthur's predictions?
(a) Hardly.
(b) Closely.
(c) Roughly.
(d) Not at all.

8. Whose reactions does Quammen record, in relation to Bedo's death?
(a) Hunters.
(b) Villagers.
(c) Poachers.
(d) Scientists.

9. What did Wilson and MacArthur postulate according to Quammen?
(a) That once an island developed a full range of species, extinction was rare.
(b) That extinction was a regular event on islands.
(c) That extinctions followed a predictable timeline following colonization.
(d) That extinction only began when began to travel to new islands.

10. What was Thomas Lovejoy's interest in the debate about the size of reserves and the number of species they support?
(a) He was in charge of government policy on forestry.
(b) He was in charge of creating natural reserves.
(c) He was in charge of setting conservation policy.
(d) He was in charge of determining whether species were endangered.

11. What does Quammen say Wilson and MacArthur started with, as they developed their theories?
(a) Data from Krakatau.
(b) Darwin's theory of adaptation.
(c) Preston's species-area relationship.
(d) Darwin's theory of the survival of the fittest.

12. Who is Thomas Lovejoy?
(a) Director of National Parks in the U.S.
(b) Director of conservation in the U.S. government.
(c) Director of the World Wildlife Fund.
(d) Director of the Sierra Club.

13. What does Quammen say the indri's future looks like?
(a) Likely extinction.
(b) Quammen says it is uncertain.
(c) Expansion of territory and population.
(d) Probable recovery.

14. How does Quammen describe the indri?
(a) Impulsive.
(b) Reclusive.
(c) Extroverted.
(d) Amicable.

15. What strategy was Karen Strier opposed to using, for preserving the muriqui population?
(a) Imposing limits on environmental encroachment.
(b) Hunting down poachers.
(c) Breeding the muriqui in captivity.
(d) Relocating some families. Working with the muriqui families on an individual basis.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was Lovejoy trying to determine with his plan?

2. Which theory is Quammen supporting when he cites the work of William Newmark?

3. How does Quammen's visit to Aru compare with Wallace's?

4. What distinguished this species for Quammen? Wallace had discovered it there a hundred years ago. Darwin had developed his theory of evolve from observing it. Englishmen had lost their fortunes hunting for specimens.

5. What is a minimum viable population?

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