The Voyage of the Beagle Test | Final 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. What disturbs Darwin about the corn harvest in the area?

2. What does Darwin see from the Blue Mountains?

3. Why does the Beagle stop for three days at the Chonos Archipelago?

4. Where do the wooden houses best withstand the effects of the massive earthquake?

5. What is the stormy place the Beagle visits where the people raise pigs and potatoes and catch fish?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What evidence does Darwin find that sea beds are raised by nature to great heights?

3. How does Darwin describe the dress of the Chilean miner?

4. Tell about Capt. Fitz Roy's talk with Patagonians before making it through the Magdalen Channel.

5. Explain Darwin's observations in the Galapagos that will later influence his scientific theories.

6. How does Darwin react to Mauritius, known at that time as the Isle of France?

7. How does Darwin react to Sydney, Australia?

8. What is Darwin's journal entry as they leave New Zealand?

9. Tell what Darwin sees back off the coast of Chile and how he assesses the sight.

10. Explain the problem of distance perception and atmospheric effects in the mountains.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about trying different kinds of food. Using Darwin's experiences of eating things like puma meat and tree fungus, discuss how different cultures have different culinary habits. Include any experience you have had in trying a food you had never eaten before. Explain in your essay how adventurous you are (or are not) in trying unusual foods.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about birds you are familiar with and like. In the essay, describe the various birds and why they are appealing to you. Use anecdotes to support your points.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay on man's disruption of natural ecology by introducing species to an area where they do not naturally belong. Use examples of this as seen by Darwin on his scientific voyage. Conclude in your essay why humans are responsible for preserving the ecosystems of the world.

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