A Sand County Almanac Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. When does the narrator leave his house with a notebook and coffee?

2. What is one thing that nobody knows about the woodcock and the dance?

3. When do people begin to settle in the prairie lands?

4. What fish is the narrator fishing for?

5. When does the woodcock begins his show every year?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. The narrator says that the migratory habits of the upland plover proves that nature knows what?

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

5. What do people learn by banding birds?

6. Where does the skunk trail go and what is the narrator's conclusion?

7. Why is the narrator unsuccessful in transplanting silphium?

8. What distinction does the narrator make between the muskrat and the geese?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are numerous examples of anthropomorphism in the book. Explain what this term means. Give at least five examples of how the author uses it. Discuss why he uses this technique.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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