Desert Solitaire Quiz | Four Week Quiz B

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 15 Tukuhnikivats, the Island in the Desert.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why were the little calves terrified during the roundup?
(a) They did not know where they were headed
(b) They were afraid of the ropes and brand
(c) They were being separated from their mothers
(d) They had never seen a human

2. Wood is petrified by
(a) Hot silica-bearing waters
(b) Pressure from cold springs
(c) Quicksand
(d) Salt springs erosion

3. The prickly pear cactus and its blossom exemplifies the
(a) The wild rose
(b) The fierceness of the heat
(c) Pain in nature
(d) Unity of opposites

4. The meaning of Abbey's words, "claritas, integritas, veritas" can be found in this quote:
(a) ...the desert reveals itself nakedly and cruelly, with no meaning but its own existnece
(b) Paradox and bedrock.
(c) I am here...to confront, immediately and directly if it's possible, the bare bones of existence
(d) To meet God or Medusa face to face, even if it means risking everything human in myself

5. Ten miles away past the highway, Abbey can see
(a) The Arches Mesa
(b) Mesa of Moab
(c) Dead Horse Mesa
(d) Salt Creek Mesa

Short Answer Questions

1. What were Husk and Graham hoping for?

2. What reigns in the desert on this late-spring day is

3. Abbey describes the experience of noontime in the desert like

4. Natural springs that seep through canyon walls are

5. Edward Abbey's garden is

(see the answer key)

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