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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 was Whittington the world expert on at the time?
(a) Trilobites.
(b) Yohoias.
(c) Fossils.
(d) Paleontologists.

2. How was Whittington inclined to see Opabinia?
(a) As a lunatic.
(b) As insane.
(c) As an oddball.
(d) As crazy.

3. What adjectives describe Morris?
(a) Gracious, young, compassionate.
(b) Antisocial, benevolent, gracious.
(c) Radical, immature.
(d) Young, radical, antisocial.

4. What must evolutionary biologists specify concerning similarities and differences?
(a) Six types.
(b) Types and sub-types.
(c) Vertebrate types.
(d) Invertebrate types.

5. Which team member has Gould largely ignored at this point?
(a) Simon Conway.
(b) Simon Morris.
(c) General Briggs.
(d) Derek Briggs.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Whittington restrain Morris from doing?

2. What is the problem with the Burgess Shale in relation to many of the similarities and distinctions?

3. What prevented Collins from excavating at Walcott's quarry?

4. Why is the Burgess Shale such an amazing find?

5. What kind of picture do scientists have of multi-cellular animal life because of the Burgess Shale?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Collins do when faced with the prevention of Des Collins excavation of Walcott's quarry?

2. How does the book describe Derek Briggs and Simon Conway Morris as students of Oxford?

3. How is Whittington inclined to see Opabinia during his initial observations?

4. Describe Wiwaxia.

5. What two major discoveries did Derek Briggs make?

6. What did Sanctacaris look like?

7. What new view did Whittington hold after working on Naraoia?

8. What other monographs were published in 1981 concerning the Burgess Shale and by who?

9. What must the next generation do with the Burgess Shale?

10. What does Gould argue about the classification of the Canadaspis?

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