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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 don't people ignore all these wild plants?

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

3. What animal/bird does the plover follow?

4. Where does the woodcock land after the dance?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when the narrator cuts down the oak tree?

2. What conclusion does the narrator come to with respect to the lone goose?

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

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

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

6. Who or what is the third enemy of the plover?

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

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

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

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 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

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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