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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. What finally kills Jensen's aphids?
(a) Insecticides.
(b) Ladybugs.
(c) Wasps.
(d) Cold water.

2. Where do the Maori people live?
(a) Australia.
(b) New Zealand.
(c) England.
(d) Austria.

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

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

5. In the chapter "Taking A Life" what animal always seems to be getting shafted?
(a) The chickens.
(b) The kittens.
(c) The dogs.
(d) The coyotes.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is the original meaning of the word economics?

3. Which Maori interrogates Jensen?

4. What types of people have hurt women the most?

5. What does Jensen do with the surveyors' flags?

Short Essay Questions

1. What role do the stars play in Jensen's life?

2. What does one of Jensen's scientific friends tell Jensen that would have to happen for her to believe that communication between species actually took place?

3. What does Jensen list as some of the things that human being need?

4. What does Jensen's nine-year-old friend tell him about the bushes in his yard?

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

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

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

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

9. What is significant about Jensen's dream about the cranes?

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

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