The Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinctions Test | Final 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 did Carl Jones protect the Mauritius kestrels when their population began to recover?

2. What was the state of Lovejoy's plan when Quammen visited the sites with him?

3. According to Jared Diamond, a nature reserve has to have what characteristics, in order to support a large number of species?

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

5. What was the consequence of the Simberloff and Abele article?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What was Quammen looking for at Aru?

3. What did people argue over in the wake of Simberloff and Abele's 1976 article?

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

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

6. How does Quammen describe the indri?

7. How did Quammen get to Aru?

8. What experiment took place in the Florida Keys?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Do you think the earth itself could become an island for the human species? How could the theories Quammen describes in plants and animals apply to human beings in the future? Describe a scenario in which human beings could have to demonstrate the same adaptive techniques other animals showed on islands.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

If you were going to try to make a difference in the field of rescuing species from extinction, what actions would you take, based on the information presented in this book? What strategies would you employ? What part of Quammen's book leads you to believe that this would be an effective strategy for mitigating species loss.

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