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 in Chapter 14, what is the purpose of the farms they are passing by?

2. Who actually kills the bear?

3. When does the narrator buy a farm?

4. The narrator feels that as everyone strives for safety, prosperity and comfort, life becomes what?

5. When the narrator finds the air hole in the frozen lake, what animal does he know comes?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why should a person never return to nature twice?

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

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

5. What is meant by invasive species?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Leopold writes that he is the "sole owner of all the acres [he] walks over". Discuss. What does he mean? What is the context within the book? Does he mean this literally? How does this relate to his view of land?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss invasive species. What are they? How do they develop? Give specific examples. How do they relate to the Leopold's views on conservation? The land ethic? Does Leopold consider them harmful? Helpful? A combination?

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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