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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. How was the minimum viable population theory applied in Texas?
(a) Officials wanted to create an open season for hunting mountain lions.
(b) Officials wanted to know if a dam would destroy too much habitat for an endangered snake.
(c) Officials wanted to determine how much development could take place without damaging the viability of a species of water bird.
(d) Officials wanted to know how many invasive fish they would have to kill off to collapse the population.

2. What point does Quammen make by describing his sighting of the species he sought on Aru?
(a) That magnificent species survive in spite of human activity.
(b) That extinction is looming not only for this species but for the entire ecosystem it lives in.
(c) That it is just a matter of time before these animals are extinct.
(d) That species are in danger regardless of their magnificence.

3. What was the conclusion Soule and Gilpin came to regarding the Texas question?
(a) The species' population would be diminished and separated, but remain viable.
(b) The species' population would thrive.
(c) The species' population would likely collapse.
(d) The species' population would not escape inbreeding, but would likely survive.

4. What was Quammen told to find, in order to observe this species?
(a) The cliffs where they perched.
(b) The tree where they gathered.
(c) The lakes where they built nests.
(d) The burrows where they lived.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What objection did Simberloff and Abele raise?

2. According to Jared Diamond, a nature reserve has to have what characteristics, in order to support a large number of species?

3. What was the state of the muriqui population when Quammen visited Karen Strier?

4. What was Lovejoy's response to the questions Simberloff and Abele raised?

5. When did the Mauritius kestrel population begin to decline?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Quammen describe Bedo's death?

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

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

4. How does Quammen describe the indri?

5. Describe Quammen's attempt to see an indri.

6. What is Quammen doing at the end of the book?

7. Who was Thomas Lovejoy, and what was his reaction to the debate Simberloff and Abele began?

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

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

10. What is the definition of 'viable' in Quammen's account?

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