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. Why must they stop regularly while ascending Peuquenes ridge?
(a) because the mules get tired
(b) because of plants Darwin discovers
(c) because the rock formations shift
(d) because of the thin air

2. Who are the unusually tall people compared to other natives of the area?
(a) the Incas
(b) the Tierrans
(c) the Patagonians
(d) the Argentinians

3. What do reddish brown clouds turn out to be?
(a) a destructive swarm of locusts
(b) a mirage
(c) a desert dust storm
(d) a reflection of the setting sun

4. Who are the six sailors who show up at the Beagle?
(a) keepers of a lighthouse
(b) guards from a prisoner ship
(c) runaways from a whaling ship
(d) survivors of a shipwreck

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

6. What does Darwin see at Chatham Island?
(a) large pelicans along the coast
(b) thriving fishing villages
(c) huge tortoises weighing up to 200 pounds
(d) rock dwelling monkeys

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

8. What causes massive destruction and takes many lives at Valdavia?
(a) landslides off the mountains
(b) a cyclone
(c) huge tsunamis
(d) the eruption of several volcanoes

9. What reception does the Beagle receive at New Zealand?
(a) a war party in canoes
(b) no welcome at all
(c) a thousand canoes of Maori
(d) a lackluster welcome from one canoe

10. 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

11. How are farms operated in Australia as Darwin rides through the countryside?
(a) by large numbers of horseback managers
(b) by large families who do all the work
(c) with forced labor from convicted felons
(d) with the use of child labor

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

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

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

15. Where is the Beagle after passing through the Strait of Magellan?
(a) the Antarctic Sea
(b) the relatively calm Pacific Ocean
(c) the mouth of an unnamed river
(d) headed toward New Zealand

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Darwin come across that has all the trappings of an English farm?

2. Where does Darwin prepare to cross the Andes Mountains through the Portillo pass?

3. What has meant giving up his usual social circles and going off into unknown territories to meet unforeseen hardships?

4. On his second attempt, what is Capt. Fitz Roy able to navigate successfully?

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

(see the answer keys)

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