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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. The irony of Roy Scobie's death was that
(a) He fell off of a horse like he expected
(b) What he feared the most actually took place
(c) His death was harder than he had feared
(d) He was carefree about life

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

4. The government's attempt to transform Navajos to middle class Americans is called
(a) Elitism
(b) Assimilation
(c) Adjustment
(d) Prejudice

5. Roy Scobie is known for being frugal with
(a) Time
(b) Food
(c) Wives
(d) Water

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

7. What is the one clue we have that the lawyer who approached Mrs. Husk was representing the government?
(a) His authorization to offer large amounts of money to her
(b) His knowledge of her husband's death
(c) The emblem on his lighter
(d) His cufflinks

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

9. Edward Abbey's garden is
(a) A vegetable garden behind the trailer
(b) A flower garden in front of the porch
(c) All that lies around him
(d) A stand of locoweed

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

11. Edward is overcome with a desire to
(a) Trap the mice and return them to the desert
(b) Climb the mountain peaks in the distance
(c) Know and possess the scene around him
(d) Eat breakfast and walk the desert

12. Delicate Arch has been eroded by
(a) Machinery working around the Arch
(b) Human feet climbing the Arch
(c) Rain pounding the Arch
(d) Animals inhabiting the Arch

13. 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 it would be greener
(d) Because more people could live there

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. The prickly pear cactus and its blossom exemplifies the

2. The unexpected guests in Edward's new home include

3. Thunderstorms come to the high desert in

4. The small cloud on Abbey's horizon is

5. Who comes out ahead in Abbey's story about Husk and Graham?

(see the answer keys)

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