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 condition would help a species breed out harmful genes?

2. How long did Wilson and MacArthur predict it would take for species to reach equilibrium on Krakatau?

3. When did the Mauritius kestrel population begin to decline?

4. What did Wilson show Quammen when the two men visited?

5. What theory came from the research that had been performed in Aru?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How did Quammen get to Aru?

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

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

5. Describe Quammen's attempt to see an indri.

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

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

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

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

10. What data did Simberloff and Abele deploy in challenging this theory?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does Quammen walk the line between stirring up the reader's outrage about extinctions, and soothing the reader's sadness about extinctions? How does he keep the reader from putting down the book out of despair?

Essay Topic 2

How realistic is this book? What parts are not believable? What leaps of faith does the author require of the reader?

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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