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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. What kind of seedlings does the narrator describe?

2. How many acres of land does the narrator legally own?

3. How many different kinds of pine tree are there in Wisconsin?

4. The narrator says that the geese are making this journey since when?

5. The woodcock begins its overture with throaty chirps that are spaced how far apart?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the narrator like the time when it floods?

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

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

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

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

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

7. Where do tamaracks grow?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Leopold's view of wilderness recreation. How does this fit with his land ethic? What is the value of this type of recreation to people? What are his five components of the recreational process?

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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