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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. Where does the meadow mouse live in the winter?

2. What animal is playing on the green turf in the painting?

3. How many miles do the geese travel?

4. Who paints the picture or scene that the narrator likes to view?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the main argument of this book?

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

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

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

6. Where do tamaracks grow?

7. Why does the State College want farmers to plant Chinese elms rather than cottonwoods?

8. According to the narrator, what is the one thing that cheat grass is good for?

9. Why is the flora in the area shrinking?

10. Why does the narrator consider the oak tree special?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the structure of the book. What are the three major sections of the book? Describe each section briefly. Why do you think the book is divided in this manner? What purpose does this serve for the reader?

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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