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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 tracks does the narrator follow in Chapter One?

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

3. According to the narrator, where do most people see silphium?

4. How long do birch trees usually live?

5. Why does the chickadee come by when a person is out chopping trees?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the main argument of this book?

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

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

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

7. What "painting" does the narrator like to view that is seldom viewed?

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

9. Why is the narrator unsuccessful in transplanting silphium?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Leopold's view of land health. What is his concept of land? What does he mean by land health? What are the competing views of land health amongst conservation scientists? Do we achieve land health? How?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss invasive species. What are they? How do they develop? Give specific examples. How do they relate to the Leopold's views on conservation? The land ethic? Does Leopold consider them harmful? Helpful? A combination?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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