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 is a thylacine?

2. What is the difference between an isolate and a sample?

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

4. What did Frank Preston study?

5. How does Quammen say lizards probably arrived at Krakatau?

Short Essay Questions

1. What factors have effectively broken the Persian rug of nature into pieces, according to Quammen?

2. What is the first explanation Quammen offers for the relationship between island size and species count?

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

4. What practical assertion does Quammen say Frank Preston made based on his findings?

5. What examples does Quammen use of dispersal ability?

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

7. What concept did Wallace develop in the Malay Archipelago?

8. Describe how Quammen's narrative progresses from one idea to the next.

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

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

Is Quammen consistent from the beginning of 'The Song of the Dodo' to the end? What expectations does he establish in the beginning? Does he fulfill them, over the course of the book? Does he abandon or sidestep the question of conservation in his discussion of methods of analysis and study?

Essay Topic 2

Debate the proposition that it is more important to protect an endangered monkey than it might be to protect an endangered snake.

Essay Topic 3

Write an evaluative review of 'The Song of the Dodo'. What is this book's place in culture? What are its uses? Who is its audience? What are its limitations?

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