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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What kind of tool can detect the presence of uranium?
(a) A Vanadium sensor
(b) A radiation detector
(c) A mining meter
(d) A Geiger counter

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

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

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

6. When he sees a rattlesnake, Abbey reminds himself
(a) Snakes are vermin and could kill him
(b) He would rather kill a snake than a human
(c) Humans are more important than wildlife
(d) It is his job to protect life within the park boundaries

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

8. The only stream that flows perennially through the park is
(a) A babbling creek behind his trailer
(b) A rushing stream of snow melt
(c) Too salty to be potable
(d) Pepper Creek

9. Edward describes the colors of dawn in terms of
(a) Primary colors of life's art
(b) Lavender, gold and rosey
(c) Rainbow of pastels
(d) Gray, brown and tinny

10. Viviano Jacquez' nationality is
(a) Swiss
(b) Basque
(c) Italian
(d) Mexican

11. Hundreds of years ago, Anasazi hunters left behind
(a) Cave dwellings
(b) Flint arrowheads
(c) Petroglyphs
(d) Animal hides

12. Indian artifacts in the national forest are
(a) Causing litter and debris
(b) Abundant
(c) Free for the picking
(d) Protected by law

13. The natural wonder that Edward is able to see in his new location is
(a) Grand Canyon
(b) The Arches National Monument
(c) Colorado Mesa
(d) Painted Desert

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Ten miles away past the highway, Abbey can see

2. Viviano is infected by the poison of

3. Abbey is polemic about

4. West of the Mississippi, Abbey says the cult of "cowboyism" is growing as fast as

5. The yucca plant is pollinated by

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