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

2. How does Gould say diversity could possibly have expanded?
(a) Geometrically.
(b) Narrowly.
(c) Exponentially less.
(d) Evenly or even logarithmically.

3. What adjective describes how Whittington first felt when working on Naraoia?
(a) Excited.
(b) Frustrated.
(c) Worried.
(d) Anxious.

4. What did 1971 through 1978 bring for Whittington?
(a) Revolutionary changes and a new shift in perspective.
(b) No changes.
(c) Ten more new fossils.
(d) Devastating news that his research was no longer financed.

5. What happened from 1971 through 1978 that changed everything?
(a) Two months of pondering.
(b) Gradually.
(c) Sporadic leaps in clarity.
(d) Years of scientific debate.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Gould come to understand the Burgess Shale?

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

3. Where did Collins find another dig site?

4. What does Leanchoilia have that makes it look bizarre?

5. What did Whittington restrain Morris from doing?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Gould deplore the prevention of Des Collins excavation of Walcot's quarry?

2. Why wasn't the discovery of the Burgess Shale and its consequent new shift in perspective a gradual change?

3. How did Aysehaia contribute to the Burgess Drama?

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

5. How did Naraoia contribute to the Burgess Drama?

6. What sort of series does Chapter 4: Walcott's Vision and the Nature of History transition to and why?

7. Why did the Burgess Shale drama become a denouement by 1978?

8. What two major discoveries did Derek Briggs make?

9. What did Leanchoilica look like?

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

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