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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. According to the narrator, about how many wild plants go into season every week from April to September?

2. The narrator says that geese make these migratory journeys where?

3. The book begins in January with what type of weather or environment?

4. Where do the animals go when they are pushed out of their home by the floods?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What do people learn by banding birds?

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

5. The narrator says that the only thing people hope for with respect to this painting is what?

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

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

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

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

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

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 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 land ethic. Be sure to include a discussion of the following: ethics in general, what the land ethic is, the reason why he developes this ethic, the premises behind the land ethic, and the implications of the land ethic for people.

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