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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. Who does the narrator ask to help cut down the oak tree?

2. How many miles do the geese travel?

3. In Chapter One, where do the tracks end that the narrator is following?

4. What tree does the narrator have a bias towards?

5. What kind of tracks are seen in the painting?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does the narrator say that November is the month of the axe?

4. What is the main argument of this book?

5. What can people learn from animal tracks?

6. Why does a person not return for a second viewing of the "painting" that the author likes to view?

7. What is the narrator trying to record when he goes out in the morning?

8. Where do tamaracks grow?

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

10. When hunting partridge with his dog, the narrator stops and listens for what?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Leopold describes his travels to some specific areas. Choose one of these. Describe the area that is involved and what the environment is. Why does Leopold include this specific area? How does this relate to his land ethic?

Essay Topic 2

Leopold writes that he is the "sole owner of all the acres [he] walks over". Discuss. What does he mean? What is the context within the book? Does he mean this literally? How does this relate to his view of land?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Leopold's view of conservation. What is his definition? What does he consider the weaknesses of conservation? Strengths? Does economic progress and development balance with conservation? According to Leopold, which is winning? What does Leopold think needs to be done?

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