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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. Who does the narrator ask to help cut down the oak tree?

2. The narrator says that November is the month of the what?

3. What kind of seedlings does the narrator describe?

4. Where is the best place to place a trap for a chickadee?

5. In 1937, the narrator bands how many chickadees?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why are public policies involved with outdoor recreation controversial?

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

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

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

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

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

8. Why is the narrator unsuccessful in transplanting silphium?

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

10. The narrator compares puccoons to what other plant and why?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Leopold's view of wildlife in American culture. What are the three different values that people have when it comes to nature? Which are most important and why? What roles do wildlife managers and administrators play?

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 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?

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