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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Edward Abbey filled his canteen in the Needles country
(a) From the rushing Colorado
(b) Quickly and greedily
(c) One drop per second
(d) From a salty spring

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

5. 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 a true cowboy
(c) You are ready for life as a pioneer
(d) You are doomed

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

7. Onion Spring, northeast of Moab, is
(a) Clear and drinkable
(b) Slightly salty but good
(c) Full of gold
(d) Poison with arsenic

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

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

10. Edward attaches a red bandanna to a ridgepole in honor of
(a) April Fools' Day
(b) Spring Solstice
(c) May Day
(d) Mothers' Day

11. The loveliest, and sweet as a pretty girl, in Abbey's opinion, is
(a) Hedgehog cactus
(b) Globemallow
(c) Prickly pear
(d) Cliff rose

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

13. Just before he heard a jeep approaching, Abbey saw a
(a) A mouse
(b) Group of deer
(c) A cougar
(d) A grisly bear

14. West of the Mississippi, Abbey says the cult of "cowboyism" is growing as fast as
(a) The disappearance of cattle herding
(b) The counter culture
(c) The population of buffalo
(d) The local Indian reservations

15. The gopher snakes watch over Abbey like
(a) Predators watching their prey
(b) Enemies waiting to strike
(c) Voyeurs, watching his activities
(d) Totemic deities

Short Answer Questions

1. Salty water cannot sustain human life because

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

3. Roy Scobie is known for being frugal with

4. Any cow found without a brand

5. A medicinal property of the buckbrush is that of

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