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 do the geese do after the Gaddys' deaths?

2. What does Jensen's nine-year-old friend notice that Jensen didn't?

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. How many people speak out against violence in disciplining children on the radio talk show that Jensen listens to?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the coyote tree?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What was Jensen's childhood like?

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

10. Describe a conversation of death.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

If, as Jensen suggests that it might, human civilization finally causes the destruction of the world, what do you think the outcome will be? Do you agree with either of Jensen's conclusions as suggested in the final chapter of the novel or do you believe there is another option available?

Essay Topic 2

How do the cultural eyeglasses determine the way the people perceive the things that happen around them? What makes up or creates these cultural eyeglasses?

Essay Topic 3

In the chapter "Insatiability" a Maori asks Jensen about his motivation for working for the indigenous people. What is your opinion of Jensen's motivations? Do you believe they are pure? Why or why not?

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