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 impresses Darwin about the Tahitians?

2. What does Darwin observe along the rivers of the Andes?

3. What are the Kauai pine?

4. On his way up the coast of Chile toward Copiapo, why does Darwin turn inland toward the mining area?

5. How does Darwin describe the dress of the Chilean miners?

Short Essay Questions

1. Relate what Darwin finds at Chatham Island in the Galapagos archipelago.

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

3. How does Darwin react to Sydney, Australia?

4. What are the things Darwin notices at Keeling Island?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a critique of THE VOYAGE OF THE BEAGLE. In the critique discuss the writer's style, use of language, and ability to make the reading interesting. End the critique by your recommendation for people to read or not read this book.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about the formation and beauty of atolls. In your essay discuss how they were formed, specifically noting the part that coral plays in the process. Express your feeling about the fragility of the coral reefs and the effects on them of pollution and global warming.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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