The Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinctions Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

David Quammen
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What surprising dispersal ability does Quammen say elephants have?

2. What kinds of animals did Philip Darlington look at?

3. When does Quammen say his field became a field of inquiry?

4. What was Tasmania's environmental history, according to Quammen?

5. What doe Quammen say about this rule?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Frank Preston, and what was his contribution to the discussion of island size and species count?

2. Who is Philip Darlington, and what was his contribution to the discussion of island size and species count?

3. How did David Wallace make his start as a biologist, in Quammen's narrative?

4. What was the understanding about the variety of life forms before the theory of evolution came along?

5. What took David Quammen to Madagascar?

6. What was MacArthur and Wilson's contribution to island biogeography?

7. What is the governing metaphor in the opening chapter?

8. What do we know about the dodo?

9. What does Quammen say about the overall pattern of the Persian rug?

10. What is trophic cascade?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Is ecotourism a solution to the problem of species loss? Is tourism a competitor to enforce some constraints on commerce and development? Would the problem of species loss be remedied or worsened if people followed Quammen's example and traveled from one island to another witnessing the environmental degradation and stress on species?

Essay Topic 2

How realistic is this book? What parts are not believable? What leaps of faith does the author require of the reader?

Essay Topic 3

What is missing from this book? What should have been covered or presented that was not? What is the effect of this absence? Describe an element that ought to have been covered, and explain why it would have made the book stronger.

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