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. How does Quammen describe Aru?
(a) Urban.
(b) Isolated.
(c) Interconnected.

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

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

4. What species did Quammen search for at Aru?
(a) Kingbill.
(b) Muriqui.
(c) Bird of Paradise.
(d) Green heron.

5. What risky move did Carl Jones make to save the Mauritius kestrel?
(a) Trying to crossbreed Mauritius kestrels with North American kestrels.
(b) Taking Mauritius kestrel DNA into a laboratory, and trying to inject into other birds' eggs.
(c) Incubating wild eggs in his lab.
(d) Placing Mauritius kestrel eggs in other birds' nests.

6. How many indri are living in the forests Quammen visited?
(a) Tens.
(b) Hundreds.
(c) No one knows.
(d) Thousands.

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

8. How does Quammen distinguish the Mauritius kestrel from other species that might need to be saved?
(a) Mauritius kestrels were semi-domesticated.
(b) Mauritius kestrels had not had to compete with invasive competitors.
(c) Mauritius kestrels were relatively easy to breed in captivity.
(d) Mauritius kestrels were always an island species with low numbers.

9. What point does Quammen make by describing his sighting of the species he sought on Aru?
(a) That it is just a matter of time before these animals are extinct.
(b) That extinction is looming not only for this species but for the entire ecosystem it lives in.
(c) That magnificent species survive in spite of human activity.
(d) That species are in danger regardless of their magnificence.

10. 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 Sierra Club.
(d) Director of the World Wildlife Fund.

11. What turnover rate did Wilson and MacArthur predict for Krakatau?
(a) One species a year.
(b) Five species a year.
(c) Ten species a year.
(d) Three species a year.

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

13. What was the result of the experiment Wilson and MacArthur undertook to prove their Krakatau hypothesis?
(a) The data showed that repopulation brought much more variety than had originally existed.
(b) The data showed that repopulation was much slower than predicted.
(c) The data showed that repopulation was much faster than predicted.
(d) The data matched their predictions.

14. Why, according to Quammen, is the theory of equilibrium important to science?
(a) Because it models species extinction worldwide.
(b) Because it can be used to predict human emigrations.
(c) Because it applies to mainland populations.
(d) Because it is a model for human populations.

15. What theory came from the research that had been performed in Aru?
(a) Island biogeography.
(b) Social Darwinism.
(c) Survival of the fittest.
(d) Natural selection.

Short Answer Questions

1. What human actions make island biogeography applicable in this new location?

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

3. What was Thomas Lovejoy's interest in the debate about the size of reserves and the number of species they support?

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

5. How did the data from Krakatau match Wilson and MacArthur's predictions?

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