A Sand County Almanac Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What is the main argument of this book?

The main argument of this book is land ethic. In basic terms, land ethic is about the need to create a social conscience towards the environment and the land. The land ethic requires humans to acknowledge that they are members of the biotic community with interdependent parts.

2. What can people learn from animal tracks?

A person can learn a lot about animals from their tracks. They can figure out where the animal goes, what the animal does and how it does it.

3. How does the meadow mouse live in the winter?

The meadow mouse lives in the winter by creating little tunnels in the snow. They are hidden from other animals. These tunnels melt when the weather warms and exposes the mouse to everyone and everything around it.

4. Where does the skunk trail go and what is the narrator's conclusion?

The skunk's trail enters the woods and ends at a pile of driftwood. The narrator does not arrive at a conclusion, but ends up wondering what the skunk gets into.

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