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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Abbey sees the value of wilderness, in a political sense, as
(a) A base for resistance to central domination
(b) A remote place for the govenrment to set up new programs
(c) A military mecca
(d) An escape from the city for industry workers

2. The cabin Abbey slept in appears to be
(a) Full of bats
(b) Full of rats
(c) Condemned
(d) Haunted

3. Abbey can be said to be a high-level
(a) Mormon
(b) Atheist
(c) Cynic
(d) Conservative

4. Fred Burkett's favorite hiding place to watch for speeders was
(a) Blown over in the wind
(b) Now obsolete
(c) Leveled by vandals
(d) Sawed down by Abbey

5. Abbey likes the word, "Tukuhnikivats," which means
(a) Where the Arches watch
(b) Queen of the LaSals
(c) Where the sun lingers
(d) Home of the Utes

6. On the beach for the evening, the most rewarding thing seems to be
(a) Not being cramped
(b) Being dry
(c) Food
(d) Being off the water

7. A man is shouting from the shore to Abbey and Newcomb about
(a) Something important to Abbey and Newcomb
(b) Something private to Abbey and Newcomb
(c) Something the reader never learns
(d) How boaters are not allowed

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

9. Abbey admits that he, too, is a member of
(a) The local grange
(b) A civilized tribe
(c) Freeway traffic
(d) The human rat race

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

11. The group's reactions after the man is taken away involve
(a) Sad silence
(b) An introspective meditation
(c) Raucous partying
(d) Relief and humor

12. Abbey uses a piece of hollow cane to create a
(a) Siphon for getting water
(b) A digging tool
(c) A new walking stick
(d) Pipe for tobacco

13. Edward Abbey and Johnny try to
(a) Drag the man up to the coroner's vehicle
(b) Find vultures circling
(c) Retrace the man's activities before he died
(d) Console each other over the man's death

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Abbey feels the only real paradise is

2. Separating from other human beings feels to Abbey like

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

4. The heat of the desert makes objects appear

5. Abbey studies the Colorado's tributaries on

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