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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 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 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.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about the part volcanoes have played in the formation of land areas on the earth. Although usually looked at as something dangerous and terrible, discuss the contributions volcanoes have played in forming island territories and the fertility and shape of land areas. In your essay mention some active volcanoes today.

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