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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What does Darwin see as the disadvantages such as monetary inflation and a sense of personal anonymity in Sydney?
(a) the effects of rapid growth
(b) the number of criminals there
(c) its distance from Europe
(d) an ineffective government
2. What notable landmark does Darwin see on St. Helen's Island?
(a) Napoleon's tomb
(b) the Lighthouse of the Ancient Mariner
(c) Cleopatra's villa
(d) the statue of the Little Mermaid
3. How does Darwin get to the Blue Mountains?
(a) riding a camel
(b) across the Nepean River in a ferry boat
(c) across the Australian desert
(d) in a buckboard wagon
4. What reception does the Beagle receive at New Zealand?
(a) a war party in canoes
(b) a thousand canoes of Maori
(c) no welcome at all
(d) a lackluster welcome from one canoe
5. What is the product of the ugly palms Darwin sees going up the mountain?
(a) thatching for shack roofs
(b) large dates used to feed cattle
(c) fiber for making ropes
(d) sweet sap from which syrup is made
6. What does Darwin see from the Blue Mountains?
(a) tall trees growing in the valleys below
(b) cliffs with magnificent views of a harbor
(c) vast areas of farmland
(d) many ships sailing around the continent
7. Leaving Lima, where does the Beagle sail?
(a) back to Chile
(b) Baja California
(c) the Galapagos archipelago
(d) Panama City
8. How does Darwin compare the natives of New Zealand to the Tahitians?
(a) about the same
(b) more warlike and unpleasant company
(c) better educated and more peaceful
(d) shorter and less attractive
9. Why do Darwin and Mariano Gonzales take ten pack mules on the trek across the Andes?
(a) in case they have to hire extra guides
(b) in case they stay longer than planned
(c) in case they get lost
(d) in case they become snowed in
10. What does Darwin speculate about as he observes the snow melt percolating and loosening rocks?
(a) how plants are introduced
(b) how minerals are formed
(c) how rich ores are found
(d) how the geology develops
11. Who are the unusually tall people compared to other natives of the area?
(a) the Tierrans
(b) the Incas
(c) the Patagonians
(d) the Argentinians
12. Where does Darwin particularly admire the view?
(a) the Aqua del Guanaco spring
(b) the Hacienda de San Isidro
(c) the copper mines of Jajuel
(d) the summit of Bell Mountain
13. What feeds the inhabitants' pigs and a large kind of crab on Keeling Island?
(a) coconut trees
(b) wild rice
(c) berry bushes
14. What does Darwin see that is the size of a rabbit but looks like a kangaroo?
(a) a kangaroo cat
(b) a jack rabbit
(c) a kangaroo rat
(d) a jackalope
15. Who demonstrates their prowess with their spears launched with throwing sticks?
(a) Australian school children
(b) Australian aborigines
(c) Australian soldiers
(d) Australian cowboys
Short Answer Questions
1. What must Darwin and his guide cross on the way back to Hacienda de San Isidro?
2. Where does Darwin spend the night after descending the Blue Mountain plateau?
3. Where does Darwin find fossil rich deposits and evidence of a recent land elevation?
4. What social condition does Darwin argue against at the end of his book?
5. What is it in which a large wooden spoon seems to dance to the rhythm of the music being played?
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