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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. An arroyo seco is
(a) A ramada
(b) A dry stream bed
(c) A mesa with a view
(d) A rushing river

2. Abbey is paid a visit by
(a) Rangers from the Forest Service
(b) Firemen from the nearby forest
(c) The local water delivery company
(d) Other Parks Service employees

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

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

5. The sounds of the mourning doves suggests to Edward
(a) Their sadness over the isolation of the desert
(b) An attempt to restore a lost communion
(c) Their oneness with the other desert creatures
(d) An attempt to communicate with him

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

7. Why did Roy Scobie need to round up his cattle?
(a) To get a grazing permit
(b) They have depeleted their pasture of food
(c) To prepare them for slaughter
(d) To get them to a cooler, higher altitude

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

9. Edward Abbey is living in isolation,
(a) Five miles from the ranger station
(b) A hundred miles from his home
(c) Twenty miles from another human
(d) Fifty miles from the city

10. Why were the little calves terrified during the roundup?
(a) They were afraid of the ropes and brand
(b) They did not know where they were headed
(c) They were being separated from their mothers
(d) They had never seen a human

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

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

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

14. Abbey is polemic about
(a) Not distroying our national parks
(b) Improving the space station
(c) Birds of prey being destroyed
(d) Killing off the wolves

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Roy Scobie is a rancher obsessed with

2. Scobie is only able to sleep

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

4. We learn that Abbey has a real dislike for

5. The clarity of the desert is illustrated in the desert's flora and fauna

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