Cradle to Cradle Test | Final 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. What is critically important to agriculture in Egypt?
(a) Importing fertilizers.
(b) The flooding of the Nile river valley.
(c) Temperature fluctuations in valley regions.
(d) Sufficient rain and humidity.

2. How does the cherry tree contribute positively to its environment?
(a) It provides industry with many of the chemicals necessary for paper production.
(b) It provides fruit and cleans both the water and air.
(c) It provides shaded areas that reduce air conditioning costs.
(d) It provides a good source of paper pulp.

3. What do most homes use for as a source of power?
(a) Biofuels.
(b) Fossil fuels.
(c) Wind.
(d) Geothermal energy.

4. What is meant by an "industrial re-evolution"?
(a) Design products to encourage more industrialization.
(b) Design products to reflect the diversity in the natural world.
(c) Design products that to do not depend on the environment or its natural evolution.
(d) Design products to have a superior technology that does not depend on natural resources.

5. Why can't many materials be recycled?
(a) Because consumers are not committed to recycling.
(b) Because they are materials that are too solid to be melted down.
(c) Because they are hybrids of too many other materials.
(d) Because the technology doesn´t exist.

6. The authors present the cherry tree as a good model of what?
(a) Cradle to grave design.
(b) Crude product design.
(c) Eco-efficiency.
(d) Cradle to cradle design.

7. What is inspiring about cherry trees to the authors?
(a) They reduce the amount of oxygen in the environment.
(b) They do not need many resources to live.
(c) They are beautiful and productive at the same time.
(d) They are wasteful.

8. What do the authors say we must balance to change industry?
(a) Industry, energy, and economy.
(b) Ecology, equity, and economy.
(c) Economy, industry, and employees.
(d) Ecology, consumers, and employees.

9. Which word best describes how ants are viewed by the authors?
(a) Dangerous.
(b) Successful.
(c) Enriching.
(d) Wasteful.

10. How do the Chinese traditionally maintain nutrients to their rice patties?
(a) By recycling plastic bottles and aluminum cans.
(b) By damming rivers to dry their fields every winter.
(c) By fertilizing fields every spring.
(d) By adding their household wastes to the fields.

11. Which product is a good example of something designed for a throwaway society?
(a) Recycled paper.
(b) Gold jewelry.
(c) Running shoes.
(d) Microwaves.

12. How are most manufacturing processes different than the way ants live in the environment?
(a) Most manufacturing replaces the resources it depletes.
(b) Most manufacturing is concerned with productivity.
(c) Most manufacturing produces biodegradable chemicals.
(d) Most manufacturing creates waste that is not useful in the environment.

13. All of the following are true about a typical book except:
(a) It is not biodegradable.
(b) It is easily recycled.
(c) The inks contain many toxic chemicals.
(d) It uses chlorine in all aspects of its production.

14. Where is there a positive example of a sewage treatment facility?
(a) New York City.
(b) Rio de Janeiro.
(c) Seattle.
(d) London.

15. What do materials become in upcycling?
(a) Recycled products like paper.
(b) Nutrients for other new materials.
(c) Harmless waste.
(d) Sewage sludge.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which is an example of a product that is difficult to recycle?

2. What do the authors mean by a throwaway society?

3. What do the authors suggest we do about waste from sewage plants?

4. What best explains the cradle to cradle model?

5. How has leather been tanned in the last forty years?

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