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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 long did Wilson and MacArthur predict it would take for species to reach equilibrium on Krakatau?
(a) 75 years.
(b) 50 years.
(c) 100 years.
(d) 40 years.

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

3. What did Wilson and MacArthur postulate according to Quammen?
(a) That extinctions followed a predictable timeline following colonization.
(b) That extinction was a regular event on islands.
(c) That extinction only began when began to travel to new islands.
(d) That once an island developed a full range of species, extinction was rare.

4. What distinguished this species for Quammen? Wallace had discovered it there a hundred years ago. Darwin had developed his theory of evolve from observing it. Englishmen had lost their fortunes hunting for specimens.
(a) Englishmen had lost their fortunes hunting for specimens.
(b) Wallace had discovered it there a hundred years ago.
(c) Its feathers had been used for decorating hats in Europe for fifty years.
(d) Darwin had developed his theory of evolve from observing it.

5. When did Wilson and MacArthur publish 'An Equilibrium Theory of Insular Zoogeography'?
(a) 1982.
(b) 1963.
(c) 1998.
(d) 1967.

Short Answer Questions

1. What objection did Simberloff and Abele raise?

2. What human actions make island biogeography applicable in this new location?

3. What would Carl Jones feed to the wild Mauritius kestrels?

4. What is an indri?

5. What observation did Wilson make to Quammen?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How did Quammen get to Aru?

7. What does Quammen say about applying the case of the Mauritius kestrel to other species?

8. How did Carl Jones save the Mauritius kestrel?

9. What note does Quammen end 'The Song of the Dodo' on?

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

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