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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The unexpected guests in Edward's new home include
(a) Mice
(b) Spiders
(c) Insects
(d) Bats

2. Abbey's complaint about a flashlight is that
(a) It separates a man from the world around him
(b) The light is such a small sphere
(c) It creates an artificial sense of safety
(d) It isolates his image in the dark

3. April mornings in the desert are
(a) Cold, windy and dusty
(b) Very windy
(c) Stormy
(d) Bright, clear and calm

4. Why did Roy Scobie need to round up his cattle?
(a) To prepare them for slaughter
(b) They have depeleted their pasture of food
(c) To get them to a cooler, higher altitude
(d) To get a grazing permit

5. Edward Abbey is employed by the
(a) Moab County Parks Service
(b) US Forest Service
(c) National Parks Service
(d) Utah State Parks

Short Answer Questions

1. Abbey will be responsible for providing the campsites with

2. The government's attempt to transform Navajos to middle class Americans is called

3. Abbey feels if you have reached the point of needing moisture from the barrel cactus

4. Edward Abbey is living in isolation,

5. Edward Abbey filled his canteen in the Needles country

Short Essay Questions

1. Abbey describes areas where one can find artifacts from Native Americans in the form of arrowheads and spearheads, made from obsidian. There is a law that prohibits removing stones from the national park. Do you think these artifacts can still be found in the "shady alcoves under canyon walls" in the Arches?

2. What concession does Abbey make to man's ingenuity when it comes to life in the desert?

3. Why does Abbey kill a wild rabbit?

4. Explain Abbey's reasoning that joy may support survival.

5. Discuss how different the daily life of an pre-Columbian Native American was, as compared to the daily life of an American now.

6. What is Viviano Jacquez's problem?

7. What is Roy Scobie's problem?

8. Discuss Abbey's relationship with the natural world as he watches the stars.

9. It is interesting that Abbey wants to "own" all of the grandeur he sees around him. What does this feeling actually mean in this context?

10. What is an example of the primitive attitudes of Native Americans, as expressed by Abbey?

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