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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. With what is Lake Coeur d'Alene contaminated?
(a) Pharmaceuticals.
(b) Heavy metals.
(c) Plastic bottles.
(d) Oil.

2. What does Jensen do to try to keep the coyotes from eating his birds?
(a) Buys a gun.
(b) Builds a fence.
(c) Sets traps.
(d) Cages the birds.

3. When does Jensen say that his conversation with the coyotes began?
(a) 1995.
(b) 1994.
(c) 1997.
(d) 1996.

4. What does Jensen indicate is the key to interspecies communication?
(a) Opening one's mind.
(b) Getting on their level.
(c) Learning the other species' language.
(d) Believing that it is possible.

5. What does Bruce Stewart suggest as the way for the world to get better?
(a) To help ourselves.
(b) To serve others.
(c) To return to old ways.
(d) To grow plants.

Short Answer Questions

1. What robotic varmint did scientists at Tokyo University create?

2. In what subject did Jensen major in graduate school?

3. What does the homeless man who sees Jensen digging in the trash offer him?

4. What does Jensen begin doing when he doesn't jump well?

5. What does Jensen believe is the purpose of compulsory education?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Jensen write that current culture presupposes?

3. Why does Jensen want to blow up a dam?

4. How does Jensen's father rationalize the fact that he beats the members of his family?

5. According to Jensen, what is the purpose of silencing?

6. In what way is high jumping therapeutic for Jensen?

7. Why does Jensen say that he can provide no scientific verification for conversations between humans and nonhumans?

8. Why does Jensen say that economics textbooks should be written in blood?

9. How does Jensen interpret his dreams of fishing?

10. Why does Jensen not believe that General Norman Schwarzkopf should be considered a hero?

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