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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. Who does the narrator say is the first animal to awaken in January?

2. Who lives in the hollow oak trees?

3. What kind of trees do the narrator and dog arrive at during their hunt?

4. Why does the narrator love the aspen?

5. The book begins in January with what type of weather or environment?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is the flora in the area shrinking?

2. What is the best way to manage national parks according to the narrator?

3. What is the main argument of this book?

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

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

6. What does the narrator consider to be part of the tragedy of the extinction of the passenger pigeon?

7. What are the conditions that the narrator's father set when he gives the narrator permission to shoot partridges?

8. What does the narrator consider special about the woodcock?

9. Where do tamaracks grow?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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 Leopold's view of the "gadget industry", tourism, and the advertising industries, with respect to wildlife and the wilderness. What roles do each play? How do they interact with nature? With each other? Give examples from the book.

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