Cradle to Cradle Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

William A. McDonough
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who writes Silent Spring?

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

3. Why are car parts difficult to recycle?

4. Why would designers create products that wear out in a certain amount of time?

5. What statement best describes how the authors feel about consumerism?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain and give an example of how the Industrial Revolution intended to make more and more money.

2. Describe the negative consequences the Industrial Revolution has on the environment and human health.

3. What do the authors suggest for a solution to more efficient home designs, as opposed to the International Style of architecture?

4. Explain the focus and attitude of the Industrial Revolution.

5. Describe why books are traditionally difficult to recycle and how this book itself is a more positive design.

6. Describe the vision that both Bill and Michael have for the future of the environment.

7. Describe what causes "sick building syndrome" and name some of the associated health effects.

8. Describe how Michael ends up working for the German Environmental Protection Agency.

9. Describe Bill's experience in Jordan as a student and what he is inspired by.

10. Describe why the authors warn against too much efficiency in design.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a three-part essay to summarize the problems with the current trend in designing crude products.

Part 1. Describe what the authors mean by "crude products." Why do the authors consider these designs to be unintelligent and inelegant?

Part 2. Explain what the authors suggest should be the basis to design, instead of inventing more crude products.

Part 3. Describe how soaps and detergents are crude products that need an improvement in their design. How can we improve soaps and detergents?

Essay Topic 2

Industry, government, and consumers are all responsible for putting eco-effectiveness into practice. Explain how each group can contribute to putting eco-effectiveness into practice, and define the responsibilities of people in each group to support eco-effective designs.

Essay Topic 3

Describe the reconstruction design and accomplishments of Ford's River Ridge factory in Dearborn, Michigan. Cover the following points in your writing.

1. Explain how is water used and maintained in and around the factory.

2. Describe how the design is meant to make workers feel.

3. Describe how the design meets the authors' goals of putting eco-effectiveness into practice.

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