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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The gopher snakes watch over Abbey like
(a) Voyeurs, watching his activities
(b) Predators watching their prey
(c) Totemic deities
(d) Enemies waiting to strike

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

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

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

5. On his stomach, Abbey witnesses
(a) A fight between two rattlesnakes
(b) The mating dance of two bull snakes
(c) The burrowing of two snakes
(d) The retreat of the snakes from his cabin

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

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

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

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

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

11. To spend time outside the trailer, Abbey builds
(a) A ramada
(b) A deck
(c) A patio
(d) A hut

12. Where once in the Arches Park there were only used newspapers to catch up on the news,
(a) There is a computerized subway
(b) There is a movie theatre
(c) There are now televisions in recreational vehicles
(d) There is a local newscaster at the station

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Edward is able to hear, but not see

2. Lloyd Pierson is

3. Edward describes the colors of dawn in terms of

4. The reason for the growth of Indian population in the southwest is due to

5. Any cow found without a brand

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