A Sand County Almanac Test | Final 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. According to the narrator, what are people not able to successfully control?

2. When does the State Conservation Department begin to rebuild the river?

3. Who does the the state send to kill the bear?

4. What kind of grass do the cattle love to eat?

5. Recreation is an economic resource of the government, but the narrator believes that it also has what kind of component to it?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the conditions that the narrator's father set when he gives the narrator permission to shoot partridges?

2. The narrator states that State College is more concerned with beauty and ease than with what?

3. The narrator says that he thinks getting rid of the wolves means more deer, but this isn't the case in the long run. Why?

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

5. What does the narrator consider to be part of the tragedy of the extinction of the passenger pigeon?

6. What two ideas that are part of the split-rail value does the narrator say the pioneer period creates?

7. Why does the State Conservation Department buy back land along the Flambeau River?

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

9. Where is the history of the area of White Mountain recorded?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss Leopold's view of wilderness recreation. How does this fit with his land ethic? What is the value of this type of recreation to people? What are his five components of the recreational process?

Essay Topic 3

Leopold writes that what people involve in recreational development of the wilderness needs to build receptivity into peoples' minds and make them want to protect nature and appreciate it, without the roads that damage it. Discuss. What does he mean? How does this relate to his views on conservation? The land ethic?

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