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 do Darwin and some crew members walk on when they visit the island of San Pedro?
(a) hot rocks from a volcano
(b) layers of logs several yards thick
(c) layers of dry salt
(d) soft, black sand

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

3. What impresses Darwin about the Tahitians?
(a) their modesty of dress
(b) their warlike nature
(c) their body covering tattoos
(d) their friendliness and good looks, despite their tattoos

4. What disturbs Darwin about the corn harvest in the area?
(a) the convict slave labor
(b) the color of the corn
(c) the way it is harvested
(d) the poor quality of the corn

5. Why do they have a problem with making a meal at 11,000 feet?
(a) There are few sticks to use for making a fire.
(b) The wind blows out their fire.
(c) Their supplies are all frozen.
(d) Water boils at a very low temperature at this altitude.

6. Leaving Lima, where does the Beagle sail?
(a) Baja California
(b) back to Chile
(c) the Galapagos archipelago
(d) Panama City

7. 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) Zanzibar
(c) Mauritius
(d) Gibraltar

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

9. What does Darwin discover on the way back to Chile by way of the Uspallata pass north of Mendoza?
(a) silicified wood in the form of standing tree trunks
(b) ruins of an ancient civilization
(c) hot springs where he stops to bathe
(d) quarts cliffs of many colors

10. Why does the Beagle stop for three days at the Chonos Archipelago?
(a) to replenish its supplies
(b) because of a storm
(c) because of sickness
(d) to look for crew members

11. How long has Darwin been at sea by the time he visits New Zealand?
(a) a year and a half
(b) four years
(c) three years
(d) nine months

12. How are Darwin and his Tahitian guides able to get inland on the island?
(a) through jungle pathways
(b) climbing over several mountains
(c) coming around from the other side
(d) along river valleys

13. Where do the wooden houses best withstand the effects of the massive earthquake?
(a) where there are solid foundations
(b) the Island of Valdivia
(c) the houseboats of Chiloe
(d) the town of Concepcion

14. What does Darwin begin to notice about the different Galapagos islands?
(a) the birds do not pass from one island to another
(b) each island has different kinds of frogs
(c) the animals and plants are all the same
(d) the natural inhabitants of each island differ in slight ways

15. Where does the Beagle head after New Zealand?
(a) the Philippines
(b) Sydney, Australia
(c) Indonesia
(d) Malaysia

Short Answer Questions

1. What theory about volcanic activity and earthquakes does Darwin form that is years ahead of his time?

2. What is it in which a large wooden spoon seems to dance to the rhythm of the music being played?

3. What is Darwin's assessment of New Zealand?

4. What reception does the Beagle receive at New Zealand?

5. What does Darwin see as they continue through the Andes mountains?

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