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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 fish is the narrator fishing for?

3. Where do plovers nest?

4. What kind of tracks does the narrator follow in Chapter One?

5. How do animals generally move during this time in January?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What two natural enemies do the plover and man have in common?

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

4. Why does the narrator see his disease plagued woods as a blessing?

5. To what does the narrator ascribe his likes and dislikes in plants?

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

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

8. Where do tamaracks grow?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Leopold states that the evolution of a land ethic is both emotional and intellectual. Discuss. What does he mean? What is the relative importance of each?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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