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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. Why was the thylacine killed off?
(a) Because invasive species competed more successfully for food.
(b) Because it lost its habitat to colonists.
(c) Because it preyed on colonists' sheep and was hunted.
(d) Because its eggs were collected by sailors.

2. What family does Quammen say hippopotamuses and deer belong to?
(a) Anamnia.
(b) Marsupials.
(c) Monorhina.
(d) Ungulates.

3. How does Quammen describe the efforts of other scientists?
(a) Holistic.
(b) Insufficient.
(c) Pedantic.
(d) Partial.

4. What literary device describes the questions David Quammen asks about the rug?
(a) Aopstrophe.
(b) Rhetorical question.
(c) Leading question.
(d) Sarcasm.

5. What was the special creation theory?
(a) The idea that God made each species for its environment.
(b) The theory that the universe was created especially for man's comfort.
(c) The theory that species developed only the most aesthetic traits.
(d) The theory that man was specifically created out of the best traits of the other animals.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the first example Quammen cites of a species that has gone extinct?

2. How does Quammen find fault with other scientists studying extinctions?

3. How would you describe Quammen's narrative of the dodo's decline and extinction?

4. How did humans hurt the dodo population directly?

5. When does Quammen say his field became a field of inquiry?

Short Essay Questions

1. What examples does Quammen use of dispersal ability?

2. Why are islands important in ecosystem studies, in Quammen's opinion?

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

4. What took David Quammen to Madagascar?

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

6. Who is Frank Preston, and what was his contribution to the discussion of island size and species count?

7. When did the field of island biogeography begin?

8. What was MacArthur and Wilson's contribution to island biogeography?

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

10. Describe Quammen's tone in the first chapter.

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