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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Vernon Pick managed to sufficiently purify his water by
(a) Turning his canteen into a charcoal filter
(b) Filtering the water through gravel
(c) Pouring water through thick brush before drinking
(d) Running water through sand before drinking

2. Eating inside the trailer makes Abbey remember
(a) His mortal nature
(b) All he has left behind
(c) His childhood
(d) His parents

3. Edward Abbey's solution to preventing rattlesnakes is
(a) To capture and domesticate a gopher snake
(b) To shoot them with his British Webley .45
(c) To feed them the mice in his trailer
(d) To scare them away with his walking stick

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

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

6. The government survey crew came with plans to
(a) Lay out a new road into the Arches
(b) Rebuild the ranger station
(c) Build a new winter resort
(d) Construct additional campsites

7. A medicinal property of the buckbrush is that of
(a) Mint
(b) Disinfectant
(c) Saponaria
(d) Quinine

8. Abbey wonders if a man could get used to
(a) Drinking from Salt Creek
(b) Digging for water
(c) Melting snow for water
(d) Going without water

9. Edward is overcome with a desire to
(a) Climb the mountain peaks in the distance
(b) Know and possess the scene around him
(c) Eat breakfast and walk the desert
(d) Trap the mice and return them to the desert

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

11. Roy Scobie is known for being frugal with
(a) Water
(b) Wives
(c) Food
(d) Time

12. The government's attempt to transform Navajos to middle class Americans is called
(a) Assimilation
(b) Adjustment
(c) Elitism
(d) Prejudice

13. Viviano is infected by the poison of
(a) Fear
(b) Rattlesnakes
(c) Prejudice
(d) Black Widows

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Visiting Moab on Wednesdays, Edward Abbey deduces that the men in the beer joints have been

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

3. Edward attaches a red bandanna to a ridgepole in honor of

4. Abbey's complaint about a flashlight is that

5. Viviano does not understand

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