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Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

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

3. How does Darwin compare the natives of New Zealand to the Tahitians?

4. What is located at the Bay of Valparaiso?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about hunting for sport. Mention Darwin's killing of the condor in connection to the efforts today to save the bird from extinction. In your essay discuss how humans have contributed to the extinction or near extinction of many species.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay discussing Darwin's idea that a tribe needs a strong leader to survive. Refer to his description of the Fuegian people found in Chapter 10. In your essay state whether you agree with Darwin and why.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about how scientific knowledge has grown since Darwin (1809-1882) went on the voyage of the Beagle. Discuss how modern scientific methods and equipment enable us to see things Darwin could not see with his naked eye or under his microscope. Speculate on how much more Darwin might have found in areas that were of little interest to him on his trip if he had had access to more modern equipment.

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