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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 does Quammen's tone change in the final chapter?
(a) His description of the trip is not scientific, just tourism.
(b) His narrative is filled with detailed scientific observations.
(c) His discomfort with habitat loss is finally made screamingly clear.
(d) His even-handedness gives way to persistent pessimism about the destruction of habitat.

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

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

4. Whose reactions does Quammen record, in relation to Bedo's death?
(a) Villagers.
(b) Hunters.
(c) Scientists.
(d) Poachers.

5. What is the tone of the ending of the book?
(a) Dread.
(b) Heart-wrenching beauty threatened by destruction.
(c) Nostalgia for the days of discovery.
(d) Appreciative awe.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does Quammen say the theory of island ecology now applies?

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

3. How does Quammen describe Aru?

4. Which theory is Quammen supporting when he cites the work of William Newmark?

5. What observation did Wilson make to Quammen?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Quammen describe the indri?

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 theory did Simberloff and Abele challenge in a 1976 article?

6. What factors affected the populations on an island, according to 'An Equilibrium Theory of Insular Zoogeography'?

7. What was Quammen looking for at Aru?

8. How did Carl Jones save the Mauritius kestrel?

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

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

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