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. Why must they stop regularly while ascending Peuquenes ridge?

2. What impresses Darwin about the Tahitians?

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

4. Why do they have a problem with making a meal at 11,000 feet?

5. What social condition does Darwin argue against at the end of his book?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Explain Darwin's impression of the geology of New Zealand.

6. Describe Darwin's disappointment at the saltpeter mine.

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

8. Explain what Darwin observes after landing at Hobart Town on the island of Tasmania.

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

10. How does Darwin react to Sydney, Australia?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Write an essay comparing the historical displacement of native peoples in both North and South America. Compare the revolutions and wars with the indigenous populations of each continent. In your essay speculate on how small groups of European settlers were able to take over the New World.

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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