Desert Solitaire Test | Final Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Abbey often mentions tamarisks. A tamarisk is a
(a) A soaring, large-winged bird
(b) A wild animal related to the wolf
(c) Tree with pink plumes
(d) A lake in the canyon

2. Abbey's decision to take a shortcut in the Havasu Canyon
(a) Led to a near-death experience
(b) Made him realize he had gone too far
(c) Left him without water or food
(d) Led him to sleep in the wilderness

3. The man who has initiated the search is the deceased man's
(a) Nephew
(b) Brother
(c) Cousin
(d) Father

4. Why does the sign instructing skiers to ski in a clockwise direction irk Edward Abbey?
(a) He wishes people would ski only on the snow
(b) It is industrial tourism at its finest
(c) He feels people should ski in both directions
(d) It is one more indication of freedom lost to government control

5. Abbey and Newcomb are in denial about the
(a) The end of their trip
(b) The friendship they have formed
(c) Their thirst
(d) Completion of the dam

6. All creatures in the desert at this time of year
(a) Stay in the shade as much as possible
(b) Live near water
(c) Eat whatever walks by
(d) Search for food in the late afternoon

7. Abbey's reaction to the man's manner of death is one of
(a) Anger for his carelessness
(b) Revulsion at the sight
(c) Fear of going the same way
(d) Congratulatory envy

8. The character Mackie is
(a) A Mormon from Utah
(b) A friend of the rangers'
(c) A temporary replacement for Viviano
(d) An old friend of Abbey's

9. The desert winds of May have
(a) Dried the river to a stream
(b) Cleaned out the flowers and debris
(c) Brought huge thunderclouds
(d) Burned the green things to saffron and auburn

10. Abbey's campsite is
(a) An empty spot in a grassy field
(b) A place he has never seen before
(c) One erected previously
(d) A fireplace built by Native Americans

11. The German who befriended Abbey was, in Abbey's opinion,
(a) A crazy Bavarian
(b) A typical, common Nazi
(c) A Zionist
(d) A naieve German

12. With Waterman, Abbey experiences his first attempt at
(a) Using a rope
(b) Finding gravel water
(c) Deep hiking
(d) Rappelling

13. The desert flowers in the month of May have
(a) Been overwatered and are drowning
(b) Withered and gone to seed
(c) Finally blossomed
(d) Flourished and are thriving

14. As a true patriot, Abbey encourages Waterman to
(a) Go back to his real life
(b) Find himself
(c) Fight in the war proudly
(d) Hide from the draft

15. Abbey is convinced that horses are
(a) Pack animals
(b) Gregarious beings
(c) Meant to be broken
(d) Meant to be subdued

Short Answer Questions

1. Moon-Eye rejected humans when he was subjected to

2. A man is shouting from the shore to Abbey and Newcomb about

3. Edward Abbey and Johnny try to

4. The beautiful flower Larkspur can be

5. Abbey describes the experience of noontime in the desert like

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