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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 1937, the narrator bands how many chickadees?

2. Who does the narrator say is the most exciting about the flooding of the land where he lives?

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

4. According to the introduction, the first twelve chapters of the book generally are a description of what?

5. What animal do the cured oak leaves feed?

Short Essay Questions

1. The narrator says that the only thing people hope for with respect to this painting is what?

2. To what does the narrator ascribe his likes and dislikes in plants?

3. With regards to hunting partridges, the narrator says that he and his dog have what kind of relationship?

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

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

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

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

8. Why is the narrator unsuccessful in transplanting silphium?

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

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

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 that a measure of success is how easy our lives are, yet too much safety means danger in the long run. Discuss. What does he mean? Use at least one specific example from the book. How does this relate to his views on conservation? The land ethic?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Leopold's view of hunting. Include both duck hunting and fox hunting in your discussion. What does he mean by a corrupt sport? How does this relate to his views on conservation? The land ethic?

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