A Language Older Than Words Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Derrick Jensen
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Jensen indicate is the key to interspecies communication?

2. Where do the Maori people live?

3. What activity does Jensen dream that he is doing?

4. By what means does Jensen not get the meat that he eats?

5. How did William Doherty die?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was Jensen's experience with Crohn's disease?

2. Under what circumstances did the plants become attuned to the brine shrimp?

3. What was Jensen's childhood like?

4. Why did Jensen's bees die?

5. What does Jensen mean when he says that he "died" to Crohn's disease?

6. Describe a conversation of death.

7. What does Jensen say is the real lesson of Jesus?

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

9. How does food exemplify the difficulty of withdrawing oneself from the current economy?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Describe Jensen's journey with Crohn's disease. How does it affect him physically? Emotionally?

Essay Topic 2

Consider the idea that some cultures do not thrive on violence but instead discourage it. Why do these cultures disappear?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the interaction between the Maori Witi and Jensen. What does Witi hope to learn from Jensen? What is he trying to find out?

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