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. When did Wilson and MacArthur publish 'An Equilibrium Theory of Insular Zoogeography'?
(a) 1998.
(b) 1982.
(c) 1967.
(d) 1963.

2. What human actions make island biogeography applicable in this new location?
(a) Division of ecosystems.
(b) Development of reservoirs for water supplies.
(c) Suburban sprawl.
(d) Expansion of cities.

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

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

5. Who is Bedo?
(a) Quammen's guide.
(b) Someone Quammen met in the hotel.
(c) An indri researcher.
(d) A local hunter.

6. How long did Wilson and MacArthur predict it would take for species to reach equilibrium on Krakatau?
(a) 40 years.
(b) 50 years.
(c) 100 years.
(d) 75 years.

7. What did William Newmark determine in his findings?
(a) That the number of species is less valuable than the number of predators in indicating the health of an ecosystem.
(b) That species proliferate differently in different kinds of ecosystems.
(c) That species count and reserve area are not always correlated.
(d) That species count and reserve area correlated.

8. What does Quammen say was found to play a role in the minimum viable population?
(a) A species' environment.
(b) A species' breeding habits.
(c) A species' genetic history.
(d) A species' typical number of offspring.

9. What would Carl Jones feed to the wild Mauritius kestrels?
(a) Mice.
(b) Snakes.
(c) Bread.
(d) Rats.

10. How many individuals were thought to be necessary to prevent harmful inbreeding?
(a) 500.
(b) 50.
(c) 5,000.
(d) 200.

11. How does Quammen's tone change in the final chapter?
(a) His even-handedness gives way to persistent pessimism about the destruction of habitat.
(b) His description of the trip is not scientific, just tourism.
(c) His narrative is filled with detailed scientific observations.
(d) His discomfort with habitat loss is finally made screamingly clear.

12. What national disaster destroyed kestrel habitat in Mauritius?
(a) A tornado.
(b) An earthquake.
(c) A tsunami.
(d) A cyclone.

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

14. Where do the indri live?
(a) Sri Lanka.
(b) Madagascar.
(c) Hawaii.
(d) Tasmania.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Quammen describe the indri?

2. How did Carl Jones protect the Mauritius kestrels when their population began to recover?

3. What had happened to the smaller reserves in Lovejoy's plan?

4. What condition would help a species breed out harmful genes?

5. How does Quammen distinguish the Mauritius kestrel from other species that might need to be saved?

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