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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 making this journey since when?

2. In Adams County, October is the hunting season for what?

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

4. How many miles do the geese travel?

5. Where is the best place to place a trap for a chickadee?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What do people learn by banding birds?

5. What can people learn from animal tracks?

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

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

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

9. Who or what is the third enemy of the plover?

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

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?

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 the role of governmental policies and regulations with respect to wildlife and wilderness. Are the policies consistent? What interests do they mean to protect - wildlife or people? Or does it depend on the circumstances? What are Leopold's views? Use the migratory birds and grizzly bears as examples.

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