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Multiple Choice Questions

1. West of the Mississippi, Abbey says the cult of "cowboyism" is growing as fast as
(a) The disappearance of cattle herding
(b) The population of buffalo
(c) The local Indian reservations
(d) The counter culture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12. The difference between Navajos and other poverty-stricken cultures is
(a) Their population growth is monitored by the state
(b) They are overseen by the BIA
(c) They must report their medical services to the government
(d) They are inadequate by national standards

13. Why did Abbey's friend from Cleveland think the desert would be a better place if it had water?
(a) Because it would be greener
(b) Because it would be more beautiful
(c) Because more people could live there
(d) Because it would be a better tourist attraction

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

15. Abbey speculates that the mourning doves' call may be
(a) A warning that there is a human nearby
(b) A wish to make contact with the wolves
(c) A brooding meditation on space and solitude
(d) A mournful call to some other dimension

Short Answer Questions

1. Scobie is only able to sleep

2. The prickly pear cactus and its blossom exemplifies the

3. Abbey enjoys the playful antics of the

4. The locals in Moab's bars do not become violent, perhaps because

5. Roy Scobie is a rancher obsessed with

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