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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

5. The prickly pear cactus and its blossom exemplifies the
(a) The wild rose
(b) The fierceness of the heat
(c) Pain in nature
(d) Unity of opposites

6. A badge gives Edward Abbey the authority to
(a) Carry a weapon
(b) Arrest trespassers who hike out of bounds
(c) Imprison animals he thinks may be dangerous
(d) Arrest malefactors and evildoers

7. Abbey enjoys the playful antics of the
(a) Pinyon jays
(b) Bald eagles
(c) Crows
(d) Mourning Doves

8. Salty water cannot sustain human life because
(a) It causes the body to become even more dehydrated
(b) It shrinks the arteries
(c) It causes severe head pain
(d) It mixes with blood and makes it too salty

9. The locals in Moab's bars do not become violent, perhaps because
(a) They are humbled by nature
(b) They are good Mormons
(c) They are afraid of one another
(d) The beer is weak

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

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

12. Besides money, a reason for developing the parks is
(a) To accommodate a burgeoning population
(b) To explore the minerals and ores in the ground
(c) The cities are growing rapidly
(d) To allow closer inspection of nature

13. April mornings in the desert are
(a) Very windy
(b) Bright, clear and calm
(c) Cold, windy and dusty
(d) Stormy

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Indian artifacts in the national forest are

2. Where once in the Arches Park there were only used newspapers to catch up on the news,

3. Viviano Jacquez' nationality is

4. Hundreds of years ago, Anasazi hunters left behind

5. What kind of tool can detect the presence of uranium?

(see the answer keys)

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