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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. Most hunters don't know that the partridge likes to hang around what bush?

2. What is silphium?

3. The narrator talks about the geese's inevitable flight to where?

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

5. For how long does the faithful oak tree provide wood for the narrator's family?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Where do tamaracks grow?

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

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

5. Why does a person not return for a second viewing of the "painting" that the author likes to view?

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

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

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

9. Why is the narrator unsuccessful in transplanting silphium?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Discuss the role of governmental policies and regulations with respect to wildlife and wilderness. Are the policies consistent? What interests do they mean to protect - wildlife or people? Or does it depend on the circumstances? What are Leopold's views? Use the migratory birds and grizzly bears as examples.

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