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

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

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

4. 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.

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

6. What was Bedo's reputation?
(a) A nuisance.
(b) A ladies man.
(c) An indispensable help.
(d) A gadfly.

7. What did this species do in the location where Quammen was told to look for them?
(a) Fed.
(b) Migrated.
(c) Mated.
(d) Hibernated.

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

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

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

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

12. How did Carl Jones protect the Mauritius kestrels when their population began to recover?
(a) Trapping kestrel predators.
(b) Killing other birds that would compete for food.
(c) Domesticating the kestrels.
(d) Breeding the species that provide food for the kestrel.

13. What was the state of Lovejoy's plan when Quammen visited the sites with him?
(a) Lovejoy had determined to make many small reserves in an area, allowing development.
(b) Lovejoy had determined to make nature reserves as large as possible.
(c) No conclusions had been reached.
(d) Lovejoy had determined the ideal number of acres for a nature reserve.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. Whose reactions does Quammen record, in relation to Bedo's death?

4. When did Wilson and MacArthur publish 'An Equilibrium Theory of Insular Zoogeography'?

5. What turnover rate did Wilson and MacArthur predict for Krakatau?

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