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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 species did Quammen search for at Aru?
(a) Kingbill.
(b) Bird of Paradise.
(c) Green heron.
(d) Muriqui.

2. What was the species Quammen sought called by locals?
(a) Mistoquot.
(b) Ranuren.
(c) Cenderwasih.
(d) Majib.

3. How did Quammen get to Aru?
(a) By foot.
(b) Tourist cruise to native transportation.
(c) Float plane.
(d) By canoe.

4. What does Quammen say was found to play a role in the minimum viable population?
(a) A species' genetic history.
(b) A species' environment.
(c) A species' typical number of offspring.
(d) A species' breeding habits.

5. What was Lovejoy trying to determine with his plan?
(a) An ideal number of reserves for a landscape.
(b) An ideal number of species per acre.
(c) A critical number of ecosystems for a conservation strategy.
(d) An ideal size for a nature reserve.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Carl Jones protect the Mauritius kestrels when their population began to recover?

2. What is the tone of the final chapter?

3. What risky move did Carl Jones make to save the Mauritius kestrel?

4. How many indri are living in the forests Quammen visited?

5. What did Wilson show Quammen when the two men visited?

Short Essay Questions

1. What other ecosystems function as islands and show the same properties of species population and diversity as islands, according to Quammen?

2. Where was Quammen sent, in order to find what he was looking for?

3. What was Quammen looking for at Aru?

4. How does Quammen describe the indri?

5. What did Lovejoy find in his studies on this question?

6. Why did Quammen choose Aru as the destination for his final chapter?

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

8. What did MacArthur and Wilson argue in 'An Equilibrium Theory of Insular Zoogeography'?

9. How is the case of the muriqui different from the case of the Mauritius kestrel?

10. What did Simberloff and Abele propose as a result of their data?

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