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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. How many different kinds of pine tree are there in Wisconsin?

2. Who does the narrator say is the most exciting about the flooding of the land where he lives?

3. What saves the plovers?

4. What kind of predator follows the meadow mouse?

5. What does the narrator's dog do when the narrator misses a shot?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does the bur oak survive the prairie fires?

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

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

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

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

9. The narrator says that the migratory habits of the upland plover proves that nature knows what?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At different times in the book, Leopold talks about the extinction of plants or animals, either altogether or from a certain area. Describe two of these events - what they are, how they occur, or what plant or animal is involved. How do these events relate to Leopold's view of conservation?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the biotic pyramid. What is it? How does it work? How does it relate to the land ethic? How does it relate to the balance of nature view?

Essay Topic 3

Leopold describes his travels to some specific areas. Choose one of these. Describe the area that is involved and what the environment is. Why does Leopold include this specific area? How does this relate to his land ethic?

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