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

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

3. The narrator concludes that if there is a lone goose, it is caused by what?

4. Where do plovers nest?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How much land does the narrator say he owns?

3. When the narrator sees two woodcocks sky dance, what does he not know about them?

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

5. What can people learn from animal tracks?

6. Why do pines have the reputation of being green year round?

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

8. Why is the narrator unsuccessful in transplanting silphium?

9. Why does the narrator say that most paintings become famous?

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 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.

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

Leopold describes his travels to some specific areas. Choose one of these. Describe the area that is involved and what the environment is. Why does Leopold include this specific area? How does this relate to his land ethic?

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