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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 animal do the cured oak leaves feed?

2. According to the narrator, who are his tenants?

3. In Chapter One, where do the tracks end that the narrator is following?

4. The woodcock begins its overture with throaty chirps that are spaced how far apart?

5. How many acres of land does the narrator legally own?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does the narrator consider the "big deal" when he catches three trout?

4. Why does the narrator like the time when it floods?

5. When hunting partridge with his dog, the narrator stops and listens for what?

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

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

8. Why does the narrator say that most paintings become famous?

9. What is the main argument of this book?

10. Why is the narrator unsuccessful in transplanting silphium?

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 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 3

Leopold writes that a measure of success is how easy our lives are, yet too much safety means danger in the long run. Discuss. What does he mean? Use at least one specific example from the book. How does this relate to his views on conservation? The land ethic?

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