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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 backwoods of the Allegheny Mountains
(c) In the mountains of New Mexico
(d) In the foothillls of the Rocky Mountains

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

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

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

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

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

7. When he sees a rattlesnake, Abbey reminds himself
(a) Humans are more important than wildlife
(b) Snakes are vermin and could kill him
(c) It is his job to protect life within the park boundaries
(d) He would rather kill a snake than a human

8. Scobie is only able to sleep
(a) On rock
(b) On quicksand
(c) On desert sand
(d) In a cot

9. Abbey will be responsible for providing the campsites with
(a) Firewood
(b) Fireplaces
(c) Toilet paper
(d) Garbage receptacles

10. The reason for the growth of Indian population in the southwest is due to
(a) Vitamin supplements
(b) Pediatricians
(c) Stronger morals
(d) Medical science

11. Onion Spring, northeast of Moab, is
(a) Clear and drinkable
(b) Slightly salty but good
(c) Full of gold
(d) Poison with arsenic

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

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

14. Edward Abbey is employed by the
(a) US Forest Service
(b) Utah State Parks
(c) National Parks Service
(d) Moab County Parks Service

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

Short Answer Questions

1. The unexpected guests in Edward's new home include

2. Edward Abbey's solution to preventing rattlesnakes is

3. Edward Abbey is living in isolation,

4. Abbey enjoys the playful antics of the

5. Abbey speculates that the mourning doves' call may be

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