Alas, Babylon #3 Charles Darwin- The Theory of Natural Selection o Summary Natural selection- process behind evolution Concluded that species develop to their environment Four Conditions 1) Individuals within a population differ- Features that differ 2) The differences are, at least in part, passed from parents to offspring- Modification and offspring look like their parents with some genetic differences. 3) Some individuals are more successful at surviving and reproducing than others- Individuals were born with features they need to survive. 4) The successful individuals succeed because of the variant traits they have inherited and will pass onto their offspring- Species that are in better health can pass on traits to offspring more, the traits are successful which means the population will most likely have those traits as well. o Questions 1) When Randy mentions ‘survival of the fittest’ at the end of Chapter 7, what might he mean? Does he mean what Florence Wechek thinks he means? Or does Randy mean something entirely different? “Survival of the fittest” to Randy is a literal meaning. He knows that survival skills are important for food, he knows that people need shelter to prevent danger from them. Randy also knew that there were multiple deaths happening in Fort Repose due to the outburst of diabetes. 2) By the middle of the novel, the characters seem divided into two sorts of people: those who give up and those who are determined to endure. List some of the characters who face such a choice and provide analysis that helps to explain why they make the decisions that they do. Use examples from the book to support your answer. Randy- Determined for the safety of others. Dan- Determined to cure people and help everyone as much as he can, he’s a hero. Liz- Determined yet also wanting to give up after her mother died. Helen- Determined for the safety of her kids and husband.
- Spring '15
- Timothy Kirk
- Survival Skills, Hiking equipment, Randy Bragg