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. How does Quammen say lizards probably arrived at Krakatau?

2. What was Carl Jones trying to rescue in Mauritius?

3. What is the tone of Quammen's writing in the opening chapter?

4. How does Quammen describe the efforts of other scientists?

5. What does Quammen say Wallace developed in South America?

Short Essay Questions

1. What examples does Quammen use of dispersal ability?

2. What took David Quammen to Madagascar?

3. What is dispersal ability and why is it important?

4. What examples does Quammen cite of species changing size on islands?

5. What is the difference between an isolate and a sample, according to Quammen?

6. List the attributes that govern the survivability of individual species in island ecosystems.

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

8. What does Quammen use the island of Tasmania as an example of?

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

10. What findings of Michael Soule's does Quammen cite at the end of Chapter 4, "Rarity Unto Death"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Debate the proposition that human beings have an obligation to conserve as much land as possible, and to keep as many species as possible safe from extinction due to human development.

Essay Topic 2

Why does Quammen minimize Darwin's accomplishment as the founder of the theory of evolution? What does he benefit by debunking Darwin's accomplishment? Is it attraction to the underdog position, do you think? Was Wallace rely a superior scientist? Is Quammen just being contentious?

Essay Topic 3

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

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