The Voyage of the Beagle Test | Final Test - Easy

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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is at the center of the atoll called Keeling Island?
(a) evidence of a volcanic origin
(b) a fresh water lake
(c) the shallow and calm waters of a lagoon
(d) several small coral reefs

2. What is the modern name of the large island off the eastern coast of Africa, known at the time Darwin was there as the Isle of France?
(a) Ceylon
(b) Gibraltar
(c) Zanzibar
(d) Mauritius

3. What does Darwin observe along the rivers of the Andes?
(a) the poverty of the people
(b) the calmness of the water
(c) the richness of mineral resources
(d) the color of the water

4. Exploring the Chiloe eastern coastline, what does Darwin observe?
(a) strange granite boulders in the sea
(b) albatros nests
(c) the volcano Orsono
(d) the nearly extinct dodo bird

5. What keeps Darwin on board the Beagle after it sails to Lima?
(a) his lost passport
(b) the political unrest in Peru
(c) his weakened health
(d) a cholera epidemic in Peru

6. What does Darwin see that is the size of a rabbit but looks like a kangaroo?
(a) a jack rabbit
(b) a kangaroo rat
(c) a jackalope
(d) a kangaroo cat

7. 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

8. What is the strange phenomenon Darwin sees at the mountain summit?
(a) rock flowers
(b) ice castles
(c) red snow
(d) black rain

9. What does Darwin speculate about as he observes the snow melt percolating and loosening rocks?
(a) how the geology develops
(b) how plants are introduced
(c) how minerals are formed
(d) how rich ores are found

10. What social condition does Darwin argue against at the end of his book?
(a) slavery
(b) isolationism
(c) poverty
(d) war

11. What does Darwin find in relationship to his interest in plants and animals?
(a) too much diversity to classify all
(b) specimens too large to take back
(c) almost no new species
(d) strange new species

12. What is a principal industry of Chile that Darwin observes?
(a) mining copper and gold
(b) jewelry making
(c) ship building
(d) iron smelting

13. Why can Darwin not explore the forest of Chiloe?
(a) It is filled with poisonous plants.
(b) It is held sacred by the natives.
(c) It is too thick to pass through.
(d) It is too wet to support horse or man,

14. What turns out to be a raised plain about 3,000 feet above sea level?
(a) the Blue Mountains
(b) the inland sea bed
(c) the Blue Mountain foothills
(d) Ayers Rock

15. On his way up the coast of Chile toward Copiapo, why does Darwin turn inland toward the mining area?
(a) He hears about strange plant life at the mines.
(b) He does not find much of interest along the coast.
(c) He is bored looking at the sea all the time.
(d) The coastline becomes impassable.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the product of the ugly palms Darwin sees going up the mountain?

2. What notable landmark does Darwin see on St. Helen's Island?

3. What unusual thing exists on another island some miles away from Keeling Island?

4. Arriving in Matavai Bay, what do they see coming toward the Beagle?

5. Who demonstrates their prowess with their spears launched with throwing sticks?

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