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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 Quammen say increases as individuals breed with genetically similar individuals?
2. What is the tone of the ending of the book?
3. What was the species Quammen sought called by locals?
4. How did Carl Jones protect the Mauritius kestrels when their population began to recover?
5. How did Wilson and MacArthur test their theory about recolonization?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Quammen describe the indri?
2. What is the definition of 'viable' in Quammen's account?
3. Why did Quammen choose Aru as the destination for his final chapter?
4. What did people argue over in the wake of Simberloff and Abele's 1976 article?
5. What theory did Simberloff and Abele challenge in a 1976 article?
6. What was the practical example of species management Quammen cited from Texas?
7. How did Carl Jones save the Mauritius kestrel?
8. What does Quammen say about applying the case of the Mauritius kestrel to other species?
9. Describe Quammen's attempt to see an indri.
10. Where was Quammen sent, in order to find what he was looking for?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
How realistic is this book? What parts are not believable? What leaps of faith does the author require of the reader?
Essay Topic 2
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?
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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