A Sand County Almanac Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 is the one thing that the narrator believes really kills a chickadee?

2. Plovers are smart enough to avoid what?

3. What tree does the narrator have a bias towards?

4. Pines do best when they are away from their parents, because they get their own what?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the main argument of this book?

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

3. Why is the flora in the area shrinking?

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

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

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

7. What is the most basic principle of ecology according to the narrator?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Leopold writes "The life of every river sings its own song". Discuss. What does he mean? How does it relate to the land ethic?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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