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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 population does Quammen compare with the thylacine population?
(a) The indigenous people of Tasmania.
(b) The passenger pigeon.
(c) The Komodo dragon.
(d) The dodo.

2. Where did the dodo live?
(a) Sri Lanka.
(b) Mauritius.
(c) Madagascar.
(d) Galapagos Islands.

3. What is the first example Quammen cites of a species that has gone extinct?
(a) The tiger in Bali.
(b) The Manatee in Florida.
(c) The passenger pigeon in North America.
(d) The dodo.

4. What ecosystem does Wallace distinguish from ecosystems that developed in isolation?
(a) Ecosystems that had been part of a larger land mass, but broke away.
(b) Ecosystems where great complexity developed out of local conditions.
(c) Ecosystems that were simplified over time.
(d) Ecosystems where people had introduced new species.

5. What did Frank Preston study?
(a) Predator-prey relations.
(b) Species divergence.
(c) Species distribution.
(d) Adaptive radiation.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is the genre of The Song of the Dodo?

3. When did the dodo go extinct?

4. What were Frank Preston's findings in plotting the distribution of species in island habitats?

5. Where did the dodo nest?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What examples does Quammen use of dispersal ability?

3. What concept did Wallace develop in the Malay Archipelago?

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

5. What took David Quammen to Madagascar?

6. How did David Wallace make his start as a biologist, in Quammen's narrative?

7. What factors have effectively broken the Persian rug of nature into pieces, according to Quammen?

8. What is trophic cascade?

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

10. What are the different terms Quammen describes for how people have accounted for the degradation of ecosystems?

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