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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. Why do humans begin to destroy the plover?

2. In the morning sunlight, the painting is sprayed with what?

3. Before human settlers, the prairie lands are in a war against what?

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

5. What is the first wildlife the narrator mentions lives in his woods?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why is the flora in the area shrinking?

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

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

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

7. What does the narrator call a real gift in his woods?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the biotic pyramid. What is it? How does it work? How does it relate to the land ethic? How does it relate to the balance of nature view?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Leopold's view of conservation. What is his definition? What does he consider the weaknesses of conservation? Strengths? Does economic progress and development balance with conservation? According to Leopold, which is winning? What does Leopold think needs to be done?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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