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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In "Drifter," what was Carver curious about?
(a) All of these.
(b) The rain.
(c) Travelling.
(d) The corn.

2. What got scalded in "Dawn Walk"?
(a) Some ewes.
(b) An ear of corn.
(c) A student.
(d) Some dogs.

3. What did Miss Bud teach?
(a) Spelling.
(b) History.
(c) Art.
(d) English.

4. What caused Carver to laugh in "The Nervous System of the Beetle"?
(a) Someone called him an invertebrate.
(b) Someone said a beetle had a backbone.
(c) A textbook was mislabeled.
(d) A teacher gets confused.

5. What confuses John Bentley about Susan Carver?
(a) She forgives Susan.
(b) She doesn't own property.
(c) She is afraid of black people.
(d) She cares about a black child.

Short Answer Questions

1. In "Cercospora," what did others say Carver should not trust?

2. What is the name of Carver's brother?

3. How did Carver know Sarah Hunt?

4. How many stillborn children did Carver's mother have?

5. What was Pammel's occupation?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happened in "The Perceiving Self"?

2. What did Carver do in "Chemistry 101"?

3. What gave Carver hope in "Poultry Husbandry"?

4. What did Pammel say Carver did for others in "Green-Thumb Boy," and why was this so strange at this time?

5. In "Washboard Wizard," why was Carver not going to college?

6. What achievement did Carver accomplish in "A Charmed Life"?

7. What did Carver say there was beauty in in "Clay"?

8. In "Old Settlers' Reunion," what did the homesteader say was strange about Carver?

9. In "Washboard Wizard," what was Carver good at?

10. What is Egyptian Blue?

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