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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Abbey speculates that the mourning doves' call may be
(a) A brooding meditation on space and solitude
(b) A warning that there is a human nearby
(c) A wish to make contact with the wolves
(d) A mournful call to some other dimension

2. What is Abbey saying about the area in the Graham and Husk story?
(a) That a child was killed unnecesssarily
(b) That nature is far more powerful than man
(c) That greed will kill people
(d) That not all men are equal

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

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

5. Natural springs that seep through canyon walls are
(a) Erosive and causes plant life to wash away
(b) Absorbed by thirsty plant life before reaching the canyon floor
(c) Poisonous to drink
(d) Abundant and flowing

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

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

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

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

10. 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

11. Quicksand is simply
(a) Pasty lava-type sand
(b) Cold, chunky viscous sand
(c) A mixture of soft sand and water
(d) Hot fine grained sand

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

13. Vernon Pick managed to sufficiently purify his water by
(a) Running water through sand before drinking
(b) Pouring water through thick brush before drinking
(c) Turning his canteen into a charcoal filter
(d) Filtering the water through gravel

14. What does Abbey feel is lost with the looting of the forests' natural treasures?
(a) Protection from erosion
(b) A sense of prosperity
(c) Homes for wildlife
(d) Human delight

15. Geodes are prevalent in these areas. They are
(a) Sharp-edged rock for arrow heads
(b) A form of zircon
(c) Egg-shaped rock containing quartz crystals
(d) Crumbling mounds of sand and dust

Short Answer Questions

1. The reason for the growth of Indian population in the southwest is due to

2. Blossoming near the shed behind Abbey's trailer is a dazzling

3. Edward Abbey is employed by the

4. Edward Abbey is living in isolation,

5. Scobie is only able to sleep

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