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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Besides money, a reason for developing the parks is
(a) To explore the minerals and ores in the ground
(b) To accommodate a burgeoning population
(c) The cities are growing rapidly
(d) To allow closer inspection of nature

2. Abbey describes the views from his trailer as
(a) Cold and stark
(b) Open and perfect
(c) Somewhat frightening
(d) Cozy and protected

3. The reason for the growth of Indian population in the southwest is due to
(a) Vitamin supplements
(b) Pediatricians
(c) Stronger morals
(d) Medical science

4. Edward's new home is a simple
(a) Tent
(b) Mobile Home
(c) Trailer
(d) Camper

5. Some ancient pictographs in the rocks depict
(a) Violent acts of nature
(b) Flying dinosaurs
(c) Semi-human and super-human people
(d) Space aliens that look like humans

6. The prickly pear cactus and its blossom exemplifies the
(a) The wild rose
(b) Unity of opposites
(c) The fierceness of the heat
(d) Pain in nature

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

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

9. The clarity of the desert is illustrated in the desert's flora and fauna
(a) The lack of life
(b) The danger in the plant forms
(c) The heat and rock
(d) The uncrowded openness

10. Mr. Bates complains to Edward about
(a) The lonliness of their jobs
(b) The long distances he travels
(c) Administrative paperwork
(d) The head ranger

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

12. The natural wonder that Edward is able to see in his new location is
(a) Painted Desert
(b) The Arches National Monument
(c) Grand Canyon
(d) Colorado Mesa

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

14. Edward Abbey is living in isolation,
(a) A hundred miles from his home
(b) Twenty miles from another human
(c) Five miles from the ranger station
(d) Fifty miles from the city

15. Abbey describes the voice of the desert
(a) Whirling and shrieking
(b) Rising to a demented howl
(c) Screaming through the cracks
(d) Moaning and crying

Short Answer Questions

1. Onion Spring, northeast of Moab, is

2. The gopher snakes watch over Abbey like

3. The yucca plant is pollinated by

4. What is the one clue we have that the lawyer who approached Mrs. Husk was representing the government?

5. Much of the fauna growing near Abbey's trailer is

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