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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. Where do the narrator and his friends wait out the storm?

2. Why doesn't the woodcock dance in the brush or grass?

3. The narrator says that different hunts have different what?

4. Who lives in the hollow oak trees?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. The narrator says that the migratory habits of the upland plover proves that nature knows what?

2. Why do pines have the reputation of being green year round?

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

4. What are red lanterns and what are they used for?

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

6. Why is the narrator unsuccessful in transplanting silphium?

7. Where do tamaracks grow?

8. How much land does the narrator say he owns?

9. Why is the flora in the area shrinking?

10. What can people learn from animal tracks?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At different times in the book, Leopold talks about the extinction of plants or animals, either altogether or from a certain area. Describe two of these events - what they are, how they occur, or what plant or animal is involved. How do these events relate to Leopold's view of conservation?

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

Leopold states that the evolution of a land ethic is both emotional and intellectual. Discuss. What does he mean? What is the relative importance of each?

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