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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through The Burgess Drama, Act I. Marrella and Yohoia: The Dawning and Consolidation of Suspicion, 1971-1974.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who newly interpreted the Burgess animals in 1971?
(a) Professor Matt Stephens and his wife.
(b) Dr. Whittington of Yale and her husband.
(c) Professor Harry Whittington of Cambridge and his colleagues.
(d) Dr. John Whit and his colleagues.

2. What did Whittington conclude about Yohoia in 1975?
(a) Yohoia is an unknown trilobite.
(b) Yohoia is in multiple systems.
(c) Yohoia is a known arthropod.
(d) Yohoia does not fit anywhere.

3. What did Walcott do for science by collecting and cataloging tens of thousands of new species?
(a) Betrayed his own principles.
(b) Betrayed science's aims.
(c) Completely revamped scientific studies.
(d) Greatly served the aims and goals of science.

4. What did Whittington attempt to do to many of the new species found in the Burgess Shale?
(a) Reproduce them.
(b) Cyrogenically preserve them.
(c) Dissect them for a museum show.
(d) Classify them into an already existing taxonomy.

5. What does Gould determine about the difference between eukaryotic fauna and the Burgess fauna?
(a) The difference is vast.
(b) The difference is close.
(c) The difference is microscopic.
(d) The difference is minimalist.

Short Answer Questions

1. What kind of appendages did Yohoia have?

2. What compose eras?

3. Who was America's "greatest paleontologist and scientific administrator"?

4. What was Leif Størmer's treatise on the Burgess Shale named?

5. When did Whittington publish a monograph on Yohoia?

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