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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) Predators watching their prey
(b) Enemies waiting to strike
(c) Voyeurs, watching his activities
(d) Totemic deities

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

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

4. Viviano is infected by the poison of
(a) Black Widows
(b) Rattlesnakes
(c) Fear
(d) Prejudice

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

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

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

8. Much of the fauna growing near Abbey's trailer is
(a) Pines and firs
(b) Cactus and briars
(c) Weeds and reeds
(d) Sage and juniper

9. Abbey's complaint about a flashlight is that
(a) It isolates his image in the dark
(b) It creates an artificial sense of safety
(c) The light is such a small sphere
(d) It separates a man from the world around him

10. Who comes out ahead in Abbey's story about Husk and Graham?
(a) Billy-Joe
(b) Mr. Husk
(c) Mrs. Husk
(d) Mr. Graham

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

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

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

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

15. Ten miles away past the highway, Abbey can see
(a) Salt Creek Mesa
(b) Mesa of Moab
(c) Dead Horse Mesa
(d) The Arches Mesa

Short Answer Questions

1. Delicate Arch has been eroded by

2. The sounds of the mourning doves suggests to Edward

3. Scobie is only able to sleep

4. A civil engineer believes a road will help

5. Quicksand is simply

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