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Multiple Choice Questions

1. The Moab Valley in the distance lies between
(a) Thousand-foot walls of rock
(b) Glacial mountains
(c) Mesas and low hills
(d) Plateaus and bluffs

2. Abbey feels if you have reached the point of needing moisture from the barrel cactus
(a) You are doomed
(b) You have reached the pinnacle of survival
(c) You are a true cowboy
(d) You are ready for life as a pioneer

3. April mornings in the desert are
(a) Stormy
(b) Very windy
(c) Bright, clear and calm
(d) Cold, windy and dusty

4. Water has not created the arches, but they are instead carved by
(a) Sand
(b) Ice
(c) Wind
(d) Snow

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

6. Viviano's English is about fifty percent
(a) Profanity
(b) Understandable
(c) Fortune telling
(d) Garbled

7. Abbey describes the scene he observes as
(a) One of God's miracles
(b) A barren wasteland
(c) A tapestry of rocks and dirt
(d) A monstrous and inhuman spectacle

8. Much of the fauna growing near Abbey's trailer is
(a) Weeds and reeds
(b) Sage and juniper
(c) Cactus and briars
(d) Pines and firs

9. Abbey is paid a visit by
(a) The local water delivery company
(b) Firemen from the nearby forest
(c) Rangers from the Forest Service
(d) Other Parks Service employees

10. Visiting Moab on Wednesdays, Edward Abbey deduces that the men in the beer joints have been
(a) Are poor miners
(b) In town for most of the day
(c) Active and working alone all day
(d) Working as park rangers all day

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

12. What is the one clue we have that the lawyer who approached Mrs. Husk was representing the government?
(a) His cufflinks
(b) His knowledge of her husband's death
(c) The emblem on his lighter
(d) His authorization to offer large amounts of money to her

13. Abbey is polemic about
(a) Not distroying our national parks
(b) Killing off the wolves
(c) Birds of prey being destroyed
(d) Improving the space station

14. Abbey's complaint about a flashlight is that
(a) It isolates his image in the dark
(b) It creates an artificial sense of safety
(c) The light is such a small sphere
(d) It separates a man from the world around him

15. Since the visit from the government workers, The Arches Park has
(a) Become a parking lot for RVs
(b) Grown into a huge tourist attraction
(c) Turned into a village
(d) Closed down to outsiders

Short Answer Questions

1. Onion Spring, northeast of Moab, is

2. Edward Abbey lies like a snake on the edge of a dune to

3. Scobie is only able to sleep

4. We learn that Abbey was raised

5. Abbey sees as a nuisance the presence in the desert of

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