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Derrick Jensen
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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. Why does Jensen really go to graduate school?
(a) To learn economics.
(b) To keep from having to go to work.
(c) To further his education.
(d) To continue high jumping.

2. What device does Jensen say determines our view of surrounding circumstances?
(a) Cultural press.
(b) Cultural binoculars.
(c) Cultural blinders.
(d) Cultural eyeglasses.

3. What is thought without experience?
(a) Religion.
(b) Philosophy.
(c) Nonsense.
(d) Scientific reasoning.

4. What does Jensen begin doing when he doesn't jump well?
(a) Throwing tantrums.
(b) Hitting others.
(c) Running away.
(d) Walking away.

5. What motivates Jensen most in his sport.
(a) The possibility of winning.
(b) He is not motivated at all.
(c) The joy of jumping.
(d) The emotional high.

Short Answer Questions

1. Under what religious beliefs was Jensen raised?

2. To what does Jensen compare the urge to destroy?

3. What does Jensen ultimately believe will happen to the world because of the way humans treat it?

4. What was in Jensen's yard originally?

5. Which Maori interrogates Jensen?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Jensen take the two chicks to the coyote tree?

2. In the fairy tale Briar Rose, why does the king leave one of the Wise Women out of his feast?

3. What dilemma does Jensen say that students face in school?

4. What does Jensen wonder about the ladybug pupae feel?

5. What activities do Jensen's students participate in during his creative writing class and what is the purpose of these activities?

6. As a beekeeper, how did Jensen make money with his bees?

7. Why did the newspaper journalists believe that the Yanomame Indians were stupid?

8. Briefly describe the parable of the box.

9. Describe one of the ways in which Jensen says that humans justify their actions even if these actions are cruel or make no sense.

10. In what ways does Jensen write in the chapter "The Safety of Metaphor" that the salmon and humans are similar?

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