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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. The narrator says that the geese are good at what?

2. In June, the robin starts singing in the early morning, but in autumn, when does the robin sing?

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

4. How many commandments does the narrator believe the chickadee lives by?

5. Who lives in the hollow oak trees?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What is the main argument of this book?

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

7. How does the bur oak survive the prairie fires?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Leopold's land ethic. Be sure to include a discussion of the following: ethics in general, what the land ethic is, the reason why he developes this ethic, the premises behind the land ethic, and the implications of the land ethic for people.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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