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 objection did Simberloff and Abele raise?
(a) That the theory had been accepted through personal influence of major thinkers, not because of its predictive ability.
(b) That the data was not thoroughly tested.
(c) That the theory still needed to be tested in more and different environments.
(d) That there were inconsistencies in the data.

2. How many individuals were thought to be required for long-term genetic adaptability?
(a) 200.
(b) 50.
(c) 500.
(d) 5,000.

3. What factors did Simberloff and Abele cite in their challenge to Wilson and MacArthur's hypothesis?
(a) Competition and adaptation.
(b) Size change and relictualism.
(c) Adaptive radiation and endemism.
(d) Competition dispersal ability and number of species.

4. What condition would help a species breed out harmful genes?
(a) Isolation.
(b) Inbreeding.
(c) Exposure to many similar species.
(d) Widespread breeding.

5. According to Jared Diamond, a nature reserve has to have what characteristics, in order to support a large number of species?
(a) Close to agricultural land.
(b) On an island.
(c) Far away from human habitation.
(d) Large and near other reserves.

6. What did Wilson show Quammen when the two men visited?
(a) Specimens that had helped Wilson and MacArthur develop their theory.
(b) A slide show of how Wilson and MacArthur developed their theory.
(c) Drafts of the papers that defined biogeography.
(d) Letters people had written to Wilson and MacArthur about their theories.

7. When did the Mauritius kestrel population begin to decline?
(a) 1970s.
(b) 1990s.
(c) 1950s.
(d) 1930s.

8. What does Quammen believe happened to Bedo?
(a) He made people uncomfortable being around white people a lot of the time.
(b) He made people jealous with the money he was making as a guide.
(c) He made enemies among the hunters.
(d) He made people angry by raising consciousness as he talked with people from many different walks of life.

9. What had happened to the smaller reserves in Lovejoy's plan?
(a) They took longer to arrive at an equilibrium of species.
(b) They arrived at an equilibrium with a higher density than some larger reserves.
(c) They unraveled quickly.
(d) They swelled with species.

10. What does Quammen say is distinctive about the indri?
(a) Its method of reproducing.
(b) Its fur.
(c) Its cry.
(d) Its diet.

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

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

13. What incident does Quammen relate at the end of chapter nine, "World in Pieces"?
(a) Mourning Bedo in Mauritius.
(b) Hiding from poachers in Tanzania.
(c) Being mugged in Brazil.
(d) A thunderstorm rolling through in Mexico.

14. What factor did NOT cause the decline of the kestrel population?
(a) Insecticides.
(b) Predators eating the kestrel eggs.
(c) Habitat loss.
(d) Feather collectors.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Quammen describe the indri?

2. How does Quammen's tone change in the final chapter?

3. What does Quammen say was found to play a role in the minimum viable population?

4. What was Bedo's reputation?

5. How was the case of the muriqui different from the case of the Mauritius kestrel?

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