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. What makes cheat grass inedible for the livestock?

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

3. What sport does the narrator think is very corrupt?

4. According to the narrator, the land ethic changes the role of humans from conquerors to what?

5. In the summer, the weather on White Mountain is unpredictable because of what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does the narrator say that nobody knows all the terrain on top of the White Mountain?

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

4. According to the narrator, what do people need to do who are a part of recreational development?

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

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

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

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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?

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