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

2. How does Quammen distinguish the Mauritius kestrel from other species that might need to be saved?
(a) Mauritius kestrels were relatively easy to breed in captivity.
(b) Mauritius kestrels had not had to compete with invasive competitors.
(c) Mauritius kestrels were semi-domesticated.
(d) Mauritius kestrels were always an island species with low numbers.

3. What risky move did Carl Jones make to save the Mauritius kestrel?
(a) Placing Mauritius kestrel eggs in other birds' nests.
(b) Trying to crossbreed Mauritius kestrels with North American kestrels.
(c) Taking Mauritius kestrel DNA into a laboratory, and trying to inject into other birds' eggs.
(d) Incubating wild eggs in his lab.

4. What was the result of the experiment Wilson and MacArthur undertook to prove their Krakatau hypothesis?
(a) The data showed that repopulation was much slower than predicted.
(b) The data showed that repopulation brought much more variety than had originally existed.
(c) The data matched their predictions.
(d) The data showed that repopulation was much faster than predicted.

5. What condition would help a species breed out harmful genes?
(a) Widespread breeding.
(b) Exposure to many similar species.
(c) Inbreeding.
(d) Isolation.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many Mauritius kestrels were still in existence at the species' lowest point?

2. What objection did Simberloff and Abele raise?

3. What theory did Dan Simberloff and Lawrence Abele challenge in an article?

4. What does Quammen say the indri's future looks like?

5. What is the tone of the ending of the book?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the concept of the minimum viable population?

2. What did people argue over in the wake of Simberloff and Abele's 1976 article?

3. How do genetics play a role in the minimum viable population?

4. How did Krakatau serve as evidence for MacArthur and Wilson's thesis?

5. What experiment took place in the Florida Keys?

6. What was the practical example of species management Quammen cited from Texas?

7. How does Quammen's argument circle back to its origins in chapter nine, "World in Pieces"?

8. What conclusion dis scientists reach in the Texas case?

9. How did Carl Jones save the Mauritius kestrel?

10. How does Quammen describe Bedo's death?

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