Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Gould note about the Burgess work at this time, in Act 5?

2. What did Morris push Whittington to do?

3. When did many species of hominid exist?

4. What did Whittington next begin work on?

5. What does the second stage of contingency describe?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Sanctacaris look like?

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

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

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

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

6. What new species does the fourth act concentrate on?

7. What does Morris find that is so shocking?

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

9. How did Naraoia contribute to the Burgess Drama?

10. What is uniquely special about the discovery of Sanctacaris?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Act 1 discusses the differences between Leif Størmer's explanation of the Burgess arthropods in his Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology and Walcott's narrow groupings of arthropod phylums. Compile at least three examples provided by Gould's book that examine their similarities and differences.

Essay Topic 2

Gould examines how Whittington gave upon the Trilobitoidea class. In your own words, summarize why Whittington threw out the Trilobitoidea class. Support your summary with two examples taken from any of the chapters in the book.

Essay Topic 3

Gould argues that Canadaspis' classification as a crustacean is crucial. Summarize Gould's argument and then, using at least three examples from the book, argue for or against Gould's position.

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