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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When a person is in the desert long enough he learns to
(a) Follow animals to water
(b) Know by the insect patterns where water is
(c) Hear running water miles away
(d) Smell water

2. Abbey compares cultures of Indians and cowboys in that
(a) Both are thriving in the face of adversity
(b) Both are reduced to providng a curiosity for tourists
(c) They continue to fight among themselves
(d) Both originated in the old West

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

4. Some ancient pictographs in the rocks depict
(a) Violent acts of nature
(b) Space aliens that look like humans
(c) Semi-human and super-human people
(d) Flying dinosaurs

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

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

7. The irony of Roy Scobie's death was that
(a) His death was harder than he had feared
(b) He was carefree about life
(c) He fell off of a horse like he expected
(d) What he feared the most actually took place

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

9. Edward attaches a red bandanna to a ridgepole in honor of
(a) April Fools' Day
(b) May Day
(c) Mothers' Day
(d) Spring Solstice

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

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

12. Edward Abbey filled his canteen in the Needles country
(a) From a salty spring
(b) One drop per second
(c) Quickly and greedily
(d) From the rushing Colorado

13. Edward is able to hear, but not see
(a) Canyon wrens and mourning doves
(b) Mice and rats
(c) Distant hawks
(d) Highway traffic

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

15. 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

Short Answer Questions

1. Wood is petrified by

2. The Moab Valley in the distance lies between

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

4. Thunderstorms come to the high desert in

5. Vernon Pick managed to sufficiently purify his water by

(see the answer keys)

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