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

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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. After leaving the Santa Cruz River, where does the Beagle make its next stop?

2. What are the dates of Charles Darwin's life span?

3. What does Darwin see along the way where robbers hide and cattle can be lost?

4. What does Darwin find while exploring Cape de Verd?

5. Upon Darwin's return to Buenos Aires, what is going on?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Darwin react to the selling of children as slaves as opposed to what the soldiers and the settlers think about it.

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

3. Describe Darwin's exploration of the interior of the Tahitian Island.

4. Explain what Darwin sees at Concepcion and why the houses are still standing.

5. At the Rio Negro, about 300 miles to the south of Maldonado, what is the evidence of political turmoil in South America?

6. What are conditions like at the copper mines of Jajuel?

7. Describe Darwin's impressions at the bay of Valparaiso.

8. What does Darwin discover in the area of Bahia Blanca after the Beagle arrives and how does he theorize about his find?

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

10. Heading toward St. Fe, about 300 miles north of Buenos Aries along the Parana River, describe the strange animal Darwin observes.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Write an essay about returning home after a long journey or vacation. Define the feelings of being in familiar surroundings and sleeping in your own bed. Compare with Darwin's anxious desire to return to England after five years on the Beagle.

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