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

2. What surprising dispersal ability does Quammen say elephants have?
(a) Ability to swim long distances.
(b) Ability to go without water for weeks.
(c) Ability to be carried on wind currents.
(d) Ability to be carried in other animals' fur.

3. What did the dodo eat?
(a) Fruit.
(b) Insects.
(c) Small mammals and snakes.
(d) Other birds.

4. Who is Owen Griffiths?
(a) A monkey researcher in Mauritius.
(b) A sailor from the 18th century.
(c) A bird researcher in Australia.
(d) An insect researcher in Madagascar.

5. What is a trophic cascade?
(a) The result of change in one species' hunting habits.
(b) The interrelation between species.
(c) The cycle of expansion and contraction in animal populations.
(d) The consequences of habitat depletion.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Which scientist compared animals on islands with their counterparts on larger landmasses?

3. Who did Robert Bates work with?

4. How would you describe Quammen's vocabulary?

5. What belief of Darwin's has modern science disproved?

Short Essay Questions

1. List the attributes that govern the survivability of individual species in island ecosystems.

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

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

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

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

6. What is dispersal ability and why is it important?

7. What findings of Michael Soule's does Quammen cite at the end of Chapter 4, "Rarity Unto Death"?

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

9. What does Quammen use the island of Tasmania as an example of?

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

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