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

2. Which of the following is an example of people trying to live with nature as it is today?
(a) The Yakima Indians cooperate with the state of Washington by assuring the government that they will keep their own children safe from toxins in a dump site.
(b) Industrial factories designed with efficiency and production in mind.
(c) Shoe manufacturers import materials that contain toxic chemicals.
(d) Consumers decrease spending on recyclable products.

3. How are ants a good source of inspiration for positive design?
(a) They are fast and wasteful in their productivity.
(b) They take their time to accomplish a task.
(c) They do not work in teams but are excellent individualists.
(d) They are very efficient but also contribute to the environment around them.

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

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

6. All of the following are things a well-designed roof should provide, except:
(a) A waste bin for toxic chemicals.
(b) Shelter for the house.
(c) Energy.
(d) Conservation of water.

7. What threatens the soil the most?
(a) Insects.
(b) Seed germination.
(c) Plowing and turning of nutrients.
(d) Accumulation of toxic chemicals.

8. The authors envision all of the following about a building modeled after the cherry tree, except:
(a) Native grasses on the roof.
(b) Energy efficient insulation.
(c) Windows that provide beautiful views.
(d) Low ceilings to accommodate for more floors to the building.

9. What do the authors suggest in terms of location and size of power plants?
(a) No power plants.
(b) Power plants that burn natural resources.
(c) Larger, more efficient plants.
(d) Smaller, more local plants.

10. What do the authors mean by a throwaway society?
(a) Government sponsors companies that reduce waste production.
(b) Industry designs products to be recycled.
(c) Volunteers that pick up waste along the highways.
(d) Consumers are accustomed to throwing out the old and buying new.

11. How has leather been tanned in the last forty years?
(a) With vegetable tanners.
(b) With chromium tanners.
(c) With salt tanners.
(d) With plastic resins.

12. What would NOT be a characteristic of a building inspired by the cherry tree?
(a) It would be sealed off from the environment.
(b) The windows would be open.
(c) It would let in daylight.
(d) It would be efficient and pleasant to work in at the same time.

13. Why aren't cherry trees wasteful?
(a) They do not require many resources to live.
(b) They create many blossoms that do not produce fruit.
(c) All of their blossoms are decomposed when they are spent and fall to the ground.
(d) All of the leaves are eaten by herbivores every autumn.

14. Which statement below would be a good title for this section of the book?
(a) How to make successful designs for the Earth and its people.
(b) How to make more efficient energy.
(c) How to use the environment for the benefit of business.
(d) How to employ happy workers.

15. Which of the following statements best describes natural systems?
(a) Natural systems take things from the environment but always give back.
(b) Natural systems always go through a series of devolutions.
(c) Natural systems waste more energy than industrial systems.
(d) Natural systems cannot recycle nutrients or materials.

Short Answer Questions

1. What best explains the cradle to cradle model?

2. Which word best describes the cherry tree model for industrial design?

3. How did Henry Ford upcycle his shipping boxes?

4. What do most homes use for as a source of power?

5. How should homes meet heating, cooling, and power needs?

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