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 does Lawrence Abele study?

2. Who had performed research in Aru?

3. Where does Quammen say the theory of island ecology now applies?

4. Why were people cutting down the forests in the place where Lovejoy implemented his plan?

5. Where do the indri live?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the practical example of species management Quammen cited from Texas?

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

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

4. What is the definition of 'viable' in Quammen's account?

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

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

7. What did MacArthur and Wilson argue in 'An Equilibrium Theory of Insular Zoogeography'?

8. What note does Quammen end 'The Song of the Dodo' on?

9. What theory did Simberloff and Abele challenge in a 1976 article?

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 Quammen's conclusion in the debate over the size of nature reserves? Does he support building small or large reserves? How does he arrive at his conclusion?

Essay Topic 2

Where is the climax of this book? Are there different climaxes? What questions does each climax resolve? What questions does each climax leave unanswered?

Essay Topic 3

Evaluate your own reading of 'The Song of the Dodo'--did you resist it, or were you compelled by the story? What does your reading tell you about yourself and your interests? Use specific examples from the book to describe yourself as a reader.

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