Cradle to Cradle Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

William A. McDonough
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. All of the following are examples of crude products as defined by the author, except...
(a) Polyester fabric.
(b) Fresh produce.
(c) Plastic water bottles.
(d) Gasoline.

2. What has been the result of more and more efficient factories?
(a) Better product designs.
(b) More contamination in local areas.
(c) More production of recyclable products.
(d) More pleasant work environments for factory workers.

3. What health problems can be caused by high levels of contaminants in a normal household?
(a) Liver and brain cancer.
(b) Heart attack.
(c) Asthma and allergies.
(d) Stroke.

4. What do the authors claim is flawed about architecture made with the International Style?
(a) It is affordable and clean.
(b) It is too organic and turns away big business.
(c) It is hard to develop and implement.
(d) It is sterile and expensive to use.

5. What statement best describes how the authors feel about consumerism?
(a) We can blame uneducated consumers for the state of the environment.
(b) It is not completely the consumer's fault for the mass production of environmentally dangerous products.
(c) It is the fault of an education system that does not teach good consumerism.
(d) We can blame our children for our own consumerism.

6. What are some unique properties of ink used in printing this book?
(a) The ink is made with new color technology.
(b) The ink is made in the U.S.
(c) The ink itself is recyclable.
(d) The ink itself is nontoxic and easy to wash off with nontoxic chemicals.

7. What toxic chemical is included in the production of plastic water bottles?
(a) Sodium.
(b) Carbon.
(c) Antimony.
(d) Neon.

8. Which of the following is not a goal of eco-efficiency?
(a) Use safer chemicals during material production.
(b) Reduce consumer spending.
(c) Reduce consumption of resources.
(d) Increase profits.

9. What is the main goal of industry?
(a) Increase profit and reduce production costs.
(b) Create materials that use exclusively natural resources.
(c) Design efficient products that are expensive.
(d) Reduce consumer spending and make more eco-efficient products.

10. Which is an example of a material that is downcycled?
(a) Gold jewelry.
(b) Dead organic matter.
(c) Aluminum cans.
(d) The book itself.

11. What do the authors mean by designing products for worst-case scenarios?
(a) Making products that work only in ideal circumstances.
(b) Making products so that they never wear out.
(c) Making products that are recyclable.
(d) Making products so that they work in the most difficult of circumstances.

12. How have companies responded to the concerns of the public over the decades?
(a) They have tried to improve their production for less toxicity and better use of materials
(b) They have given more control to governments.
(c) They have ignored public opinion.
(d) They have increased the toxicity chemicals used in production.

13. What are the Romantic writers inspired by?
(a) Alchemy.
(b) Nature.
(c) Government.
(d) Citizens.

14. Why are car parts difficult to recycle?
(a) The body parts have many toxic chemicals that are dangerous in the recycling process.
(b) It is difficult to separate paint from car body parts, so it is impossible to recover the steel.
(c) It is almost impossible to disassemble the body parts.
(d) It is very difficult to melt down steel.

15. Which is an example of too much focus on efficiency?
(a) Smaller power plants that save money.
(b) Inexpensive housing in Turkey several decades ago.
(c) Running shoes that last 20 years.
(d) Refrigerators that can be rented.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is the Titanic a good metaphor for the industrial age?

2. Which of the following statements is NOT true about the Industrial Revolution?

3. What typically happens when materials are downcycled?

4. What is the prediction of Thomas Malthus in the 1800s?

5. Which chemical is forbidden to use in the United States in rubber products?

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