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. To the superficial eye, the Gavilan region is hard, stony and full of what?

2. What makes cheat grass inedible for the livestock?

3. What plant is the biggest problem in the northwestern foothills?

4. According to the narrator, too much safety in our lives means what in the long run?

5. According to the narrator, what is sportsmanship aimed at getting rid of?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. According to the narrator, why do people not go to Escudillo?

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

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

5. Why does the narrator find that the sand farms aren't as poor as people think?

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

7. According to the narrator, what is the numenon and what is its opposite?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

There are numerous examples of anthropomorphism in the book. Explain what this term means. Give at least five examples of how the author uses it. Discuss why he uses this technique.

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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