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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Abbey's exploration of the Maze with Bob Waterman is
(a) Dangerous
(b) Impulsive
(c) Haphazard
(d) Ironic

2. Why does Abbey say he wants the wild horse, Moon-Eye?
(a) He wants him for transportation
(b) He is curious about a reclusive horse
(c) He wants to see his huge hooves
(d) He says he does not know

3. Under Abbey's ramada on a sunny day the temperature of 110 degrees is
(a) Too hot to breathe
(b) Hot enough for heastroke
(c) Comfortable and pleasant
(d) Hotter than inside the trailer

4. To make it easier to maneuver the rubber raft, Abbey
(a) Gets hold of a second paddle
(b) Leans back against the stern seats
(c) Ties his boat to Newcomb's
(d) Keeps one hand outside the boat

5. The meaning of Abbey's words, "claritas, integritas, veritas" can be found in this quote:
(a) I am here...to confront, immediately and directly if it's possible, the bare bones of existence
(b) ...the desert reveals itself nakedly and cruelly, with no meaning but its own existnece
(c) To meet God or Medusa face to face, even if it means risking everything human in myself
(d) Paradox and bedrock.

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

7. In the middle of the day on the desert, most of the birds
(a) Are muted and inactive
(b) Are taking advantage of slow moving insects
(c) Are busy looking for water
(d) Huddling in groups for shade

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

9. Beyond the timberline Abbey observes
(a) The alpenglow
(b) Heavy snow
(c) The pine forest
(d) Gathering stom clouds

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

11. Moon-Eye's temperament was due to
(a) Having been lost for so long
(b) Having been separated from his mother as a colt
(c) Inflammation of one of his eyes
(d) Bad genes from his mother

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

13. A large influx of tourists to the park is marked by
(a) Labor Day
(b) Fourth of July
(c) The end of spring
(d) Memorial Day

14. Abbey describes the experience of noontime in the desert like
(a) A religious experience
(b) A dark nightmare
(c) A psychedelic drug experience
(d) An occult fantasy

15. Floating through the rapids leaves the two boaters
(a) In shock and awe
(b) Happy and exultant
(c) Making plans for the future
(d) Extremely anxious and concerned

Short Answer Questions

1. The German who befriended Abbey was, in Abbey's opinion,

2. Abbey decides to climb Tukuhnikivats

3. Abbey's reaction to the man's manner of death is one of

4. As a true patriot, Abbey encourages Waterman to

5. Abbey suggests to Waterman that, perhaps, like a German poet, we humans

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