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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Blossoming near the shed behind Abbey's trailer is a dazzling
(a) Cliffrose
(b) Skyrocket gilia
(c) Indian paintbrush
(d) Scarlet penstemon

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

3. The sounds of the mourning doves suggests to Edward
(a) An attempt to communicate with him
(b) An attempt to restore a lost communion
(c) Their sadness over the isolation of the desert
(d) Their oneness with the other desert creatures

4. The government survey crew came with plans to
(a) Construct additional campsites
(b) Lay out a new road into the Arches
(c) Rebuild the ranger station
(d) Build a new winter resort

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

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

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

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

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

10. Edward Abbey's solution to preventing rattlesnakes is
(a) To feed them the mice in his trailer
(b) To capture and domesticate a gopher snake
(c) To shoot them with his British Webley .45
(d) To scare them away with his walking stick

11. A medicinal property of the buckbrush is that of
(a) Disinfectant
(b) Quinine
(c) Saponaria
(d) Mint

12. Since the visit from the government workers, The Arches Park has
(a) Become a parking lot for RVs
(b) Grown into a huge tourist attraction
(c) Closed down to outsiders
(d) Turned into a village

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

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

15. Where once in the Arches Park there were only used newspapers to catch up on the news,
(a) There are now televisions in recreational vehicles
(b) There is a local newscaster at the station
(c) There is a movie theatre
(d) There is a computerized subway

Short Answer Questions

1. Viviano's English is about fifty percent

2. Abbey wonders if a man could get used to

3. Onion Spring, northeast of Moab, is

4. Wood is petrified by

5. A badge gives Edward Abbey the authority to

(see the answer keys)

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