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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. Whom did Jensen's father not beat?
(a) His wife
(b) Those who deserved it.
(c) His family.
(d) Those who didn't deserve it.

2. What is the main lesson Jensen says he learns in graduate school?
(a) The goal of economics.
(b) Nothing.
(c) His love of jumping.
(d) The primacy of process.

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

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

5. What does Jensen do with the surveyors' flags?
(a) Pulls them up.
(b) Moves them.
(c) Burns them.
(d) Plays with them.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do the geese do after the Gaddys' deaths?

2. Jensen wanted his dogs to stop _____________.

3. What is it that Jensen believes shows the coyotes gratitude for the duck carcass?

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

5. Who was Jensen's hero as a child?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Jensen say is one of the problems with our current economic system?

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

4. According to Jensen, what is the role of heroes?

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

6. Describe a conversation of death.

7. What does Jensen write that current culture presupposes?

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

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

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

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