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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What kind of paradigm does Gould believe has not been communicated to the public?
(a) A new research paradigm.
(b) A controversial conservative paradigm.
(c) A provoking platonic paradigm.
(d) A leftover historical paradigm.

2. What was Yohoia specialized for?
(a) A habitat.
(b) An environment.
(c) A species.
(d) A kingdom.

3. After publishing his first monograph, which two graduate students did Whittington employ?
(a) Barry Moser and Simeon Martin.
(b) Briggs Morris and Simon Conway.
(c) Simon Conway Morris and Derek Briggs.
(d) Jeremy Morris and Derek Briggs.

4. What pushed Whittington beyond the idea he struggled under?
(a) Opabinia.
(b) Marella.
(c) Wiwaxia.
(d) Yohoia.

5. What did Walcott think Opabinia was just another one of?
(a) Crustacean.
(b) Mollusk.
(c) Anemone.
(d) Plant.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the evolution of life contain, according to Gould's explanations and illustrations?

2. What is the Burgess Shale?

3. How many years did Whittington spend on his 1979 monograph?

4. What compose eras?

5. Who newly interpreted the Burgess animals in 1971?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Walcott's taxonomy have to be significantly updated?

2. Why do paleontologists find Opabinia unbelievable and fascinating?

3. Why could the acceptance of the new interpretation create within humans a psychological shock?

4. What sorts of new procedures did Whittington's team use?

5. Why are the Burgess Shale's arthropod designs odd?

6. What is the first chapter of "Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History" about?

7. How did Whittington try to uncover the bodily appendages of Opabinia?

8. What did Stephen Jay Gould desire to use the Burgess Shale for?

9. How is the Marrella splendens described in relation to the other Burgess Shale fossils?

10. Name four levels of the taxonomy of life.

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