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. Why were people cutting down the forests in the place where Lovejoy implemented his plan?
(a) To make rangeland.
(b) To make wildlife extinct.
(c) To build cities.
(d) To mine resources.

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

3. How was the minimum viable population theory applied in Texas?
(a) Officials wanted to determine how much development could take place without damaging the viability of a species of water bird.
(b) Officials wanted to know how many invasive fish they would have to kill off to collapse the population.
(c) Officials wanted to know if a dam would destroy too much habitat for an endangered snake.
(d) Officials wanted to create an open season for hunting mountain lions.

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

5. What was the consequence of the Simberloff and Abele article?
(a) A shift to a new theory about speciation.
(b) A return to the old paradigm of large reserves holding more species.
(c) A raging debate about theory.
(d) A chaos as scientists didn't know which theory to believe.

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

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

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

9. What was the previous theory that governed speciation on islands?
(a) That more remote islands required more specialized traits for survival.
(b) That greater distance reduced the number of species.
(c) That there was too little data and too much inconsistency to formulate a rule.
(d) That islands closer to land were more prone to extinctions, which sometimes reduced the variety of species.

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

11. What is the tone of the ending of the book?
(a) Nostalgia for the days of discovery.
(b) Heart-wrenching beauty threatened by destruction.
(c) Dread.
(d) Appreciative awe.

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

13. What did Lawrence Abele find in his studies?
(a) That human influences are part of the environment and cannot be ignored in theories.
(b) That the territorial needs of each species will be determined by their place on the food chain.
(c) That immigration and extinction are mitigated by adaptation and evolve.
(d) That two coral heads supported more species than one similar-sized head.

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

15. What was Lovejoy trying to determine with his plan?
(a) A critical number of ecosystems for a conservation strategy.
(b) An ideal number of reserves for a landscape.
(c) An ideal size for a nature reserve.
(d) An ideal number of species per acre.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What was Lovejoy's strategy in his plan?

3. What risky move did Carl Jones make to save the Mauritius kestrel?

4. What point does Quammen make by describing his sighting of the species he sought on Aru?

5. What was Lovejoy's response to the questions Simberloff and Abele raised?

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