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. One type of outdoor recreation enthusiast is the kind that wanders in the woods searching for what?

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

3. Why does the dairy industry want to put a dam on the river?

4. Who does the narrator think is the only one who listens to the wolf's howl objectively?

5. Who does the narrator meet at the river in Chapter 13?

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 compares puccoons to what other plant and why?

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

4. How does the narrator believe conservation is taught?

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

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

7. How does peoples' ability to enjoy nature begin?

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

9. What is meant by invasive species?

10. What is the best way to manage national parks according to the narrator?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Leopold's view of land health. What is his concept of land? What does he mean by land health? What are the competing views of land health amongst conservation scientists? Do we achieve land health? How?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Leopold writes "The life of every river sings its own song". Discuss. What does he mean? How does it relate to the land ethic?

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