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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Eating inside the trailer makes Abbey remember
(a) His childhood
(b) His parents
(c) His mortal nature
(d) All he has left behind

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

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

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

5. Abbey says, after a million years of neglect,
(a) People have taken all the animals from the wilderness
(b) The Park has worn down to nothing
(c) The sandstone arches have dissolved
(d) Progress has come to the Arches

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

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

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

9. The yucca plant is pollinated by
(a) A moth
(b) A butterfly
(c) A bee
(d) A hummingbird

10. Abbey feels if you have reached the point of needing moisture from the barrel cactus
(a) You have reached the pinnacle of survival
(b) You are doomed
(c) You are a true cowboy
(d) You are ready for life as a pioneer

11. Edward wants to stop attributing human qualities to nature, which is called
(a) Metamophization
(b) Characterization
(c) Personification
(d) Anthropomorphism

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

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

14. Edward's new home is a simple
(a) Tent
(b) Mobile Home
(c) Trailer
(d) Camper

15. Visiting Moab on Wednesdays, Edward Abbey deduces that the men in the beer joints have been
(a) Active and working alone all day
(b) Are poor miners
(c) In town for most of the day
(d) Working as park rangers all day

Short Answer Questions

1. Abbey wonders if a man could get used to

2. The only stream that flows perennially through the park is

3. Why was the government interested in the Arches national park area?

4. Abbey will be responsible for providing the campsites with

5. Edward Abbey's description of a thunderstorm in the desert is

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