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. In what sport does Jensen participate?

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

3. What did Bruce Stewart feel for his mother because of his school experience?

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

5. What finally kills Jensen's aphids?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What two options does Jensen offer for the time when civilization finally collapses?

4. What are two problems that Jensen identifies with violence?

5. In "Connection and Cooperation" how did the Indians punish the hunter who violated rules against over kill?

6. What was Jensen's childhood like?

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

8. What happens when Jensen tries to wall off the pain from his foot while jumping?

9. How does Dr. Judith Herman describe atrocities?

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

Consider the idea of the connectivity between progress (i.e. hot showers, automobiles, computers) and the destruction of the world. What do you believe it would take for us to stop harming the world by the way we are living? Is there any way for us to become at one with nature again? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Consider the idea that nature wants to "play" with us. Do you think this is possible? Why or why not? Can you describe a circumstance where you believe nature was playing with you?

Essay Topic 3

Consider the idea that there is no quick answer to the problems that affect the world. What is your opinion of Jensen's three reasons that he cannot suggest a quick fix to heal the world? Do you agree with his assessments? Why or why not?

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