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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 2, A Background for the Burgess Shale.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What kind of development were the Burgess animals first interpreted to have?
(a) Gradual, progressive development.
(b) Regressing development.
(c) Unchanging development.
(d) Quick, rash development.

2. In Gould's perspective, what historical understanding does the Burgess shale offer humanity?
(a) The idea of "necrogenesis."
(b) The idea of "plague."
(c) The idea of "contingency."
(d) The idea of "symbiosis."

3. What kind of drama does Gould wish to recount that led to rejecting Walcott's interpretation?
(a) Emotional.
(b) Physical.
(c) Intellectual.
(d) Spiritual.

4. What does Gould strain to emphasize for his audience?
(a) The separation of single cell life was mitigated progress.
(b) The evolution of marine life was unmitigated progress.
(c) The evolution of multi-cellular life was not unmitigated progress
(d) The dissipation of marine life was progress.

5. What does Gould's new interpretation emphasize about human evolution?
(a) It has no single order.
(b) It has a single order.
(c) It has two orders.
(d) It has five orders.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Gould determine about the difference between eukaryotic fauna and the Burgess fauna?

2. When was the famed "death of the dinosaurs?"

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

4. According to Gould, what kind of insight does the Burgess Shale offer into the nature of life and the evolution of life forms?

5. In what fashion was the Burgess Shale actually discovered?

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