A Language Older Than Words Test | Final 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. Why does Jensen write that he cannot offer solutions to the problems that affect the world?

2. For what experience does Jensen learn he has been having flashbacks to and not realizing it?

3. In order to survive, what must we learn to discern the difference between?

4. What did Ruth Benedict identify as a differentiating factor for "bad" cultures?

5. What do the oldest bees do?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do traumatized people act?

2. How does Cleve Backster come to be experimenting on plants?

3. Briefly describe the parable of the box.

4. What does Jensen say that it takes in order for one to get to know oneself?

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

6. As a beekeeper, how did Jensen make money with his bees?

7. How does Jensen critique his writing in the chapter "Coercion?"

8. To what does Jensen say that an emphasis on production ultimately leads?

9. What does Jensen learn through his dream about the Dreamgiver?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

In several places in the novel, Jensen questions the idea of individual ownership. For instance, when Jensen cleans his barn he wonders if he owns the mice and can do with them as he wishes just because he owns the barn. What is your opinion of this idea of personal ownership? What can be owned and what cannot?

Essay Topic 3

What role do Jensen's school years play in his development?

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