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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Abbey is paid a visit by
(a) Other Parks Service employees
(b) Firemen from the nearby forest
(c) The local water delivery company
(d) Rangers from the Forest Service

2. Edward's part thought in this chapter is that
(a) All living things on earth are kindred
(b) Women have souls
(c) Animals have no emotions
(d) Only dogs have emotions

3. Abbey will be allowed to drive the government truck
(a) Once a month out into the desert for exploration
(b) Once a week to the Yellow Cat Badlands
(c) Once a week to headquarters and Moab
(d) Twice a month to inspect the Arches

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

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

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

7. Why were the little calves terrified during the roundup?
(a) They did not know where they were headed
(b) They had never seen a human
(c) They were afraid of the ropes and brand
(d) They were being separated from their mothers

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

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

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

11. A badge gives Edward Abbey the authority to
(a) Imprison animals he thinks may be dangerous
(b) Arrest trespassers who hike out of bounds
(c) Carry a weapon
(d) Arrest malefactors and evildoers

12. The Moab Valley in the distance lies between
(a) Thousand-foot walls of rock
(b) Plateaus and bluffs
(c) Mesas and low hills
(d) Glacial mountains

13. The story of Husk, Graham and Billy-Joe is obviously
(a) An experience Abbey personally had
(b) A fairy tale, at best
(c) A detailed account of a local legend
(d) Heavily embellished by Abbey

14. The physical comforts in his trailer include
(a) Running water
(b) Cable TV
(c) Garbage disposal
(d) Gas fireplace

15. The unexpected guests in Edward's new home include
(a) Spiders
(b) Bats
(c) Insects
(d) Mice

Short Answer Questions

1. Roy Scobie is a rancher obsessed with

2. The natural wonder that Edward is able to see in his new location is

3. Edward Abbey lies like a snake on the edge of a dune to

4. What kind of tool can detect the presence of uranium?

5. Edward wants to stop attributing human qualities to nature, which is called

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