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. What incident does Quammen relate at the end of chapter nine, "World in Pieces"?

2. What was Lovejoy trying to determine with his plan?

3. What does Quammen describe about Bedo?

4. Why, according to Quammen, is the theory of equilibrium important to science?

5. What environment is NOT analogous to an island, according to Quammen?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How did Quammen get to Aru?

7. What was the effect of 'An Equilibrium Theory of Insular Zoogeography', according to Quammen?

8. How do genetics play a role in the minimum viable population?

9. What experiment took place in the Florida Keys?

10. Where was Quammen sent, in order to find what he was looking for?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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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