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 bird is particularly liked among people in Wisconsin?

2. According to the narrator in Chapter 17, what is accepted as a necessary evil in the northwestern foothills?

3. What forms a lake in Wisconsin that is half as long as the state itself?

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

5. What steers the course of history, according to scientists?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are the three different values listed by the narrator that people have when it comes to nature?

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

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

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

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

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

9. According to the narrator, what are two problems that humans face with regards to the wilderness?

10. What does the narrator state is the main premise for ethics and the environment?

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 Leopold's land ethic. Be sure to include a discussion of the following: ethics in general, what the land ethic is, the reason why he developes this ethic, the premises behind the land ethic, and the implications of the land ethic for people.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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