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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 is the best way to hunt partridge?

2. Why does the narrator love the tamarack?

3. The book begins in January with what type of weather or environment?

4. All the trees in the area date to what time?

5. The narrator says that the geese are making this journey since when?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the narrator say that most paintings become famous?

2. What does the narrator call a real gift in his woods?

3. What is the most basic principle of ecology according to the narrator?

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

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

6. What conclusion does the narrator come to with respect to the lone goose?

7. Why is the flora in the area shrinking?

8. What "painting" does the narrator like to view that is seldom viewed?

9. Why does the narrator see his disease plagued woods as a blessing?

10. Why does the narrator consider the oak tree special?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

There are numerous examples of anthropomorphism in the book. Explain what this term means. Give at least five examples of how the author uses it. Discuss why he uses this technique.

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