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. Which is an example of a product that is difficult to recycle?
(a) Glass baby food jars.
(b) Carpet.
(c) Lunch bags.
(d) Plastic bottles.

2. What aspect of a roof is not desirable to human health?
(a) It can off-gas chemicals that are toxic.
(b) It creates radiation energy.
(c) It is slippery and causes many accidents.
(d) It wears rapidly and be frequently replaced.

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

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

5. Which of the following materials is NOT considered a good insulator against climate?
(a) Adobe.
(b) Sod.
(c) Goat hair.
(d) Glass.

6. What do the authors mean by "one size fits all"?
(a) To describe the result of recycling materials.
(b) To describe how third-world countries design houses.
(c) To describe a decrease in diversity cause by modern industry.
(d) To describe the modern design for running shoes.

7. Which of the following is a true statement?
(a) Soap never needs to contain water,
(b) Detergents also help keep water clean in natural systems.
(c) Beauty products help in seed germination.
(d) Cleaning products make good fertilizers.

8. What do the authors suggest as an example of a good sewage treatment plan?
(a) Saving sewage in recyclable containers until we have the technology to process it.
(b) Storing winter sewage until it can be processed in the summer sun in a specially constructed wetland.
(c) Removing sewage from the location to an area with fewer inhabitants.
(d) Adding chemicals to sewage so that it can become save drinking water.

9. What can we do with materials that cannot be safely recycled?
(a) Recycle them, even though they release toxic chemicals.
(b) Use them for other products.
(c) Save them until we have the technology to recycle them safely.
(d) Break them down into small pieces and dispose of them properly.

10. What technology could a roof top use to lessen energy needs?
(a) Water heaters.
(b) Solar collectors.
(c) Diesel turbines.
(d) Gas generators.

11. Which word best describes the cherry tree model for industrial design?
(a) Practical.
(b) Nurturing.
(c) Efficient.
(d) Cheap.

12. The authors suggests that manufacturers should consider:
(a) How their products affect different consumer groups.
(b) How their products use technology.
(c) How their products affect different localities.
(d) How their products use synthetic materials.

13. In the authors' opinion, what should factories do?
(a) Help reduce consumption of resources no matter what the effect on profits.
(b) Help consumers save money and produce efficient energy.
(c) Help people, nourish the environment, and produce good materials.
(d) Help industry implement new technology.

14. Why are the results of contamination so permanent on the planet?
(a) Because nothing can leave the planet except energy.
(b) Because many chemicals are biodegradable.
(c) Because animals do not like to eat our waste.
(d) Because materials are difficult to recycle.

15. What best explains the cradle to cradle model?
(a) Even when things die they create nutrients for a new life.
(b) Even if things die they can always be replaced with new products.
(c) The world has enough resources to support a extremely high birth rate.
(d) The natural world is the only place where something old can make something new.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is inefficient about most roofs?

2. In general, the authors believe that a roof should:

3. How are ants a good source of inspiration for positive design?

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

5. What model do early nomads follow?

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