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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 kind of seedlings does the narrator describe?

2. Before human settlers, the prairie lands are in a war against what?

3. What is silphium?

4. Who does the narrator say is the first animal to awaken in January?

5. How long does it take silphium to mature?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when the narrator cuts down the oak tree?

2. Why does the narrator like the time when it floods?

3. Why is the narrator unsuccessful in transplanting silphium?

4. What does the narrator consider special about the woodcock?

5. What does the narrator consider the "big deal" when he catches three trout?

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

7. What does the narrator believe are the three commandments of the chickadees?

8. What two natural enemies do the plover and man have in common?

9. What distinction does the narrator make between the muskrat and the geese?

10. When the narrator sees two woodcocks sky dance, what does he not know about them?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Leopold writes "The life of every river sings its own song". Discuss. What does he mean? How does it relate to the land ethic?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Leopold's view of wildlife in American culture. What are the three different values that people have when it comes to nature? Which are most important and why? What roles do wildlife managers and administrators play?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss invasive species. What are they? How do they develop? Give specific examples. How do they relate to the Leopold's views on conservation? The land ethic? Does Leopold consider them harmful? Helpful? A combination?

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