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 cancels his plans for
(a) One more hike in the rocks
(b) A ceremonious farewell
(c) A trip to the airport
(d) A final campfire

2. Mackie would rather be rich than work for Scobie. If he were, he would
(a) Buy Scobie out
(b) Hire someone like himself
(c) Buy his own cows
(d) Live back in Moab

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

4. The pika is an animal that lives and feeds on
(a) Alpine violets
(b) Buttercups
(c) Larkspur
(d) Tundra

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

6. The difference between the desert and other geographic areas is its
(a) Its passivity and simplicity
(b) Its level of tourism
(c) Its beauty in all seasons
(d) Its danger

7. The only sign of human life Abbey and Waterman see in the maze is
(a) A beer can
(b) Footprints
(c) Old tent poles
(d) A snake petroglyph

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

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

10. Abbey feels the only real paradise is
(a) Moab, Utah
(b) The here and now, and the real earth
(c) The fantasy of skiing in unison
(d) The mythical Garden of Eden

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

12. In late summer the quietness, or somnolence of the desert leaves Abbey feeling
(a) Tired of the heat
(b) A certain madness
(c) Haunted by voices
(d) Hungry for the ocean

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

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

15. Abbey suggests to Waterman that, perhaps, like a German poet, we humans
(a) Become lost in our thoughts
(b) Are unchangeable
(c) Become more concerned with the naming than the things named
(d) Do not exist without names

Short Answer Questions

1. The cabin Abbey slept in appears to be

2. In July, the surrounding mountains are almost

3. Abbey gets sidetracked to Havasu on his way to

4. Why does Abbey say he wants the wild horse, Moon-Eye?

5. Abbey and Newcomb are in denial about the

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