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Multiple Choice Questions

1. The story of Husk, Graham and Billy-Joe is obviously
(a) Heavily embellished by Abbey
(b) A fairy tale, at best
(c) An experience Abbey personally had
(d) A detailed account of a local legend

2. Abbey describes the voice of the desert
(a) Rising to a demented howl
(b) Screaming through the cracks
(c) Whirling and shrieking
(d) Moaning and crying

3. Edward is able to hear, but not see
(a) Mice and rats
(b) Canyon wrens and mourning doves
(c) Distant hawks
(d) Highway traffic

4. The clarity of the desert is illustrated in the desert's flora and fauna
(a) The heat and rock
(b) The uncrowded openness
(c) The lack of life
(d) The danger in the plant forms

5. "Apache Tears" are actually
(a) Hidden crystals in oval rocks
(b) Dripping springs from the mountains
(c) Crystals found in obscure caves
(d) Arrowheads made from obsidian

6. An arroyo seco is
(a) A ramada
(b) A mesa with a view
(c) A rushing river
(d) A dry stream bed

7. Abbey suggests that former cowboys, like Indians, may be
(a) Hoping for redemption
(b) Committing slow suicide
(c) Waiting for recognition by the mainstream
(d) Assimilating into American middle class

8. Abbey is adamant about the Navajos' inability to adapt to
(a) The reservation
(b) New age dancing
(c) The highway system
(d) The American middle class

9. What does Abbey feel is lost with the looting of the forests' natural treasures?
(a) Human delight
(b) Homes for wildlife
(c) Protection from erosion
(d) A sense of prosperity

10. The only stream that flows perennially through the park is
(a) A rushing stream of snow melt
(b) Too salty to be potable
(c) A babbling creek behind his trailer
(d) Pepper Creek

11. A civil engineer believes a road will help
(a) To make it easier to get to Moab
(b) To accommodate more tourists
(c) To get deeper into the wilderness
(d) To develop the property for homes

12. The unexpected guests in Edward's new home include
(a) Mice
(b) Spiders
(c) Bats
(d) Insects

13. Natural springs that seep through canyon walls are
(a) Poisonous to drink
(b) Abundant and flowing
(c) Erosive and causes plant life to wash away
(d) Absorbed by thirsty plant life before reaching the canyon floor

14. Abbey describes the views from his trailer as
(a) Cold and stark
(b) Open and perfect
(c) Somewhat frightening
(d) Cozy and protected

15. Who comes out ahead in Abbey's story about Husk and Graham?
(a) Mr. Graham
(b) Mr. Husk
(c) Billy-Joe
(d) Mrs. Husk

Short Answer Questions

1. Delicate Arch has been eroded by

2. Edward wants to stop attributing human qualities to nature, which is called

3. Abbey had no fear of drowning in the Havasupai Canyon floor's stream because

4. A medicinal property of the buckbrush is that of

5. Mr. Bates complains to Edward about

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