The Voyage of the Beagle Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Where does Darwin spend ten weeks at the mouth of the Plata River?

2. What do Darwin and his gaucho companion hear at the Sauce outpost?

3. Who does Darwin encounter in the village of Las Minas?

4. What are the two different styles Darwin uses in his journal?

5. Where does Darwin see camphor, pepper, cinnamon and clove trees, along with breadfruit, jaca and mango?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Darwin regard the Brazilian horses?

2. What strange phenomenon occurs on the way to Port Desire and how does Darwin rationalize it?

3. What problem ensues after the Portuguese priest makes a kill in the forest?

4. Describe the problem Darwin faces when he returns to Buenos Aires.

5. Describe two species of birds Darwin locates after he finds the fossils.

6. What does Darwin have to say about the Brazilian rain forest?

7. Why does Darwin not stay long at Bahia Blanca?

8. What does Darwin write about how the gauchos break horses?

9. At the first stop after Sao Jago, what are Darwin's observations?

10. Why is Darwin fascinated to find the flatworm in the mud around the salt lake?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about a scientific trip you would like to make. Zero in on one geographical area you would like to visit and do scientific research. In your essay, express how you would prepare for such an expedition.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay on the value of keeping a journal. In your essay note that only observations are made in the 5-week stay on the Galapagos Islands. It was later after pondering his notes on Galapagos and reading other scientific books that Darwin used his Galapagos experience as a model for his theories in THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES. Be less specific and generalize more in your essay about how a well-kept journal may be of great value at some future time.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay comparing the hardships of exploring the earth in the mid 1880s to the hardships of space exploration today. Compare such things as cramped living conditions, facing the unknown, and dietary changes that go along with each type of exploration. Speculate how much different space travel may become in the next 100 years by comparing with the improvements in travel since the voyage of the Beagle.

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