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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. We learn that Abbey was raised
(a) In the Texas hill country
(b) In the mountains of New Mexico
(c) In the foothillls of the Rocky Mountains
(d) In the backwoods of the Allegheny Mountains

2. Just before he heard a jeep approaching, Abbey saw a
(a) Group of deer
(b) A grisly bear
(c) A mouse
(d) A cougar

3. Blossoming near the shed behind Abbey's trailer is a dazzling
(a) Cliffrose
(b) Indian paintbrush
(c) Skyrocket gilia
(d) Scarlet penstemon

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

5. What kind of tool can detect the presence of uranium?
(a) A Geiger counter
(b) A mining meter
(c) A Vanadium sensor
(d) A radiation detector

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

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

8. The yucca plant is pollinated by
(a) A hummingbird
(b) A butterfly
(c) A bee
(d) A moth

9. Salty water cannot sustain human life because
(a) It mixes with blood and makes it too salty
(b) It causes the body to become even more dehydrated
(c) It causes severe head pain
(d) It shrinks the arteries

10. Edward wants to stop attributing human qualities to nature, which is called
(a) Anthropomorphism
(b) Personification
(c) Characterization
(d) Metamophization

11. The loveliest, and sweet as a pretty girl, in Abbey's opinion, is
(a) Hedgehog cactus
(b) Prickly pear
(c) Cliff rose
(d) Globemallow

12. Edward Abbey lies like a snake on the edge of a dune to
(a) To rest from the power of the wind
(b) To feel like a plant, himself
(c) Feel the wind as a snake would
(d) Study the flowers like a snake

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

14. Abbey sees as a nuisance the presence in the desert of
(a) Rodents such as rats, mice and squirrels
(b) Scorpions, tarantulas, centipedes and black widows
(c) Snakes, lizards and gophers
(d) Foxes, wolves and bobcats

15. When raising his American flag, Edward wishes
(a) Good fortune to both sides
(b) Good luck to everyone
(c) Good luck to his friends at headquarters
(d) Good fortune to all wildlife

Short Answer Questions

1. Abbey wonders if a man could get used to

2. Abbey's complaint about a flashlight is that

3. When a person is in the desert long enough he learns to

4. Edward Abbey's garden is

5. An arroyo seco is

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