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

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

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

4. On his trip to capture Moon-Eye, Abbey ate his lunch in the shade of
(a) Hanging poison ivy
(b) A sage bush
(c) A large juniper
(d) His horse's belly

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

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

7. The heat of the desert makes objects appear
(a) As if they are invisible
(b) As if they are blurred and on fire
(c) As if they are covered in water
(d) As if they are moving

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

9. Moon Eye, the wild horse, has been living alone for
(a) Six months
(b) Ten years
(c) Fifteen years
(d) A year

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

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

12. The beautiful flower Larkspur can be
(a) Made into healing salve
(b) Used for herbal teas
(c) Deadly for cattle
(d) Poisonous to humans

13. Abbey wishes that the tourists would get out of their vehicles and
(a) Walk on the land
(b) Drink from the streams
(c) Buy some lunch
(d) Have a Coke

14. Abbey tries to convince Moon-Eye to come with by telling him a story about
(a) How he will get the others and come for him
(b) How he will die and be eaten
(c) His pet horse back in Albuquerque
(d) His own childhood

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Abbey uses a piece of hollow cane to create a

2. Abbey's campsite is

3. When Abbey gets a call to help with a search, he assumes

4. The pika is an animal that lives and feeds on

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

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