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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. A badge gives Edward Abbey the authority to
(a) Imprison animals he thinks may be dangerous
(b) Arrest malefactors and evildoers
(c) Carry a weapon
(d) Arrest trespassers who hike out of bounds

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

4. What were Husk and Graham hoping for?
(a) A nature experience
(b) A new wife
(c) A natural life for the boy
(d) Riches through uranium

5. Geodes are prevalent in these areas. They are
(a) Egg-shaped rock containing quartz crystals
(b) A form of zircon
(c) Sharp-edged rock for arrow heads
(d) Crumbling mounds of sand and dust

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

7. Viviano does not understand
(a) Cattle ranching
(b) Dumb Baskos
(c) American clock time
(d) Business

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

9. Mr. Bates complains to Edward about
(a) The long distances he travels
(b) The lonliness of their jobs
(c) The head ranger
(d) Administrative paperwork

10. Why was the government interested in the Arches national park area?
(a) It is a source of uranium
(b) It provides a natural bridge to the east
(c) Its wealth of silver mines
(d) Death Valley is a high security area for testing

11. Besides money, a reason for developing the parks is
(a) The cities are growing rapidly
(b) To allow closer inspection of nature
(c) To explore the minerals and ores in the ground
(d) To accommodate a burgeoning population

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

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

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

15. What is Abbey saying about the area in the Graham and Husk story?
(a) That not all men are equal
(b) That nature is far more powerful than man
(c) That a child was killed unnecesssarily
(d) That greed will kill people

Short Answer Questions

1. Onion Spring, northeast of Moab, is

2. Edward is able to hear, but not see

3. Since the visit from the government workers, The Arches Park has

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

5. Edward Abbey is living in isolation,

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