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David Quammen
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What rule governs the relationship between the size of an island and the number of species it can support?
(a) The greater the fertility of the soil, the greater the number of species.
(b) The longer the coastline the greater the number of species.
(c) The large the island, the greater the number of species.
(d) The taller the highest point on the island, the greater the number of species.

2. What literary term describes Quammen's use of the image of the Persian rug?
(a) Symbolism.
(b) Metaphor.
(c) Personification.
(d) Simile.

3. How does Quammen find fault with other scientists studying extinctions?
(a) By saying that their fundamental premises were ungrounded.
(b) By saying that they have only been talking to each other.
(c) By saying that their nostalgia clouds their findings.
(d) By saying that their vocabulary is insufficient to the problems.

4. Why is Krakatau scientifically important?
(a) It is just being populated now.
(b) It is an exception to most rules of population dispersal.
(c) It is a controlled experiment.
(d) It is so isolated.

5. What was Tasmania's environmental history, according to Quammen?
(a) It was separated from Australia by water.
(b) It experienced a catastrophic eruption that killed off everything on the island, before life returned slowly.
(c) It was isolated by a growing mountain range in India.
(d) It was formed by a volcano in the sea.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why was the thylacine killed off?

2. What does Quammen say about each of the pieces?

3. What ecosystem does Wallace distinguish from ecosystems that developed in isolation?

4. What does Quammen say about the overall pattern on this hypothetical rug?

5. What does Quammen say an island is?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Philip Darlington, and what was his contribution to the discussion of island size and species count?

2. What example does Quammen draw from the island of Guam?

3. What is the governing metaphor in the opening chapter?

4. What is the first explanation Quammen offers for the relationship between island size and species count?

5. What took David Quammen to Madagascar?

6. What is archipelago speciation?

7. Describe the process by which scientists generate policies for managing ecosystems.

8. What was the understanding about the variety of life forms before the theory of evolution came along?

9. What examples does Quammen use of dispersal ability?

10. What does Quammen say about the overall pattern of the Persian rug?

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