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 does Lawrence Abele study?
(a) Birds.
(b) Tasmanian tigers.
(c) Coral.
(d) Komodo dragons.

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

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

4. What habitats did researchers have to examine in the Texas case?
(a) Hillsides for burrows.
(b) Wetlands.
(c) Deep sections in the water.
(d) Riffles.

5. What was Quammen told to find, in order to observe this species?
(a) The burrows where they lived.
(b) The tree where they gathered.
(c) The lakes where they built nests.
(d) The cliffs where they perched.

6. Which theory is Quammen supporting when he cites the work of William Newmark?
(a) The many small reserves model.
(b) The keep reserves apart model.
(c) The single large reserve model.
(d) The keep reserves close together model.

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

8. What is a minimum viable population?
(a) The number of individuals necessary to sustain a population.
(b) The minimum number of acres necessary to preserve a population.
(c) The minimum rate of increase to preserve the genetic health of a population.
(d) The minimum number of offspring that need to be born in each brood to sustain the population.

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

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

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

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

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

14. How many Mauritius kestrels were still in existence at the species' lowest point?
(a) Twelve.
(b) Two.
(c) Four.
(d) Nine.

15. How was the case of the muriqui different from the case of the Mauritius kestrel?
(a) The muriqui was a mammal, and did not reach sexual maturity until its third year.
(b) The muriqui had much smaller batches of offspring.
(c) The muriqui was not an island species.
(d) The muriqui lived in forests that were valuable for their hardwoods.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How did Quammen make his way to this site?

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

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

5. What species did Quammen search for at Aru?

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