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. How many general Burgess revisions did we acquire?

2. What type of example is Aysehaia?

3. What did the dissenter believe should happen to Aysehaia?

4. How was Whittington inclined to see Opabinia?

5. What was Whittington the world expert on at the time?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Sanctacaris look like?

2. How did Aysehaia contribute to the Burgess Drama?

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

4. What does Morris find that is so shocking?

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

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

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

8. What did Whittington originally think Naraoia was?

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

10. What did Leanchoilica look like?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 2, Gould discusses the two interpretations of the Burgess Shale, one known as true, and the other known as inaccurate. Using the book for context and description, tell these two different stories in your own words and explain their importance. Be sure to discuss the setting, storyline, and characters which are involved in the two interpretations. Also, answer why Gould chooses to relate the inaccurate version of the Burgess Shale's discovery, as well as the true version.

Essay Topic 2

In Act 2, Gould discusses Whittington's shocking discovery after dissecting Opabinia's carapace. First, explain what the discovery was. Second, explain the discovery's significance for scientific research as a whole, and for the Burgess Shale in particular.

Essay Topic 3

In Act 1, Whittington begins to observe Yohoia. Answer the following question: Should Whittington's observations of Marrella have affected his approach to Yohoia? Use one of your own supporting ideas to back up your statement, and at least two examples from the book.

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