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. Where does the Beagle head after New Zealand?

3. Exploring the Chiloe eastern coastline, what does Darwin observe?

4. What does Darwin write about the Chilean miners?

5. After the miserable climate around Tierra del Fuego, what does Darwin enjoy about Chile?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What comment does Darwin make about slavery in Australia?

8. Tell about the runaway sailors at the Chonos Archipelago.

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

10. Tell what Darwin thinks and observes about the rivers in the Andes Mountains.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Write an essay about slavery. Use examples from South America and Australia that had a profound impact on Darwin. In your essay discuss how slavery affects both the slave and the master psychologically. Give your opinion as to why slavery was a generally accepted practice in the 1800s.

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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