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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. To spend time outside the trailer, Abbey builds
(a) A ramada
(b) A hut
(c) A deck
(d) A patio

2. Wood is petrified by
(a) Quicksand
(b) Salt springs erosion
(c) Pressure from cold springs
(d) Hot silica-bearing waters

3. Abbey speculates that the mourning doves' call may be
(a) A warning that there is a human nearby
(b) A brooding meditation on space and solitude
(c) A wish to make contact with the wolves
(d) A mournful call to some other dimension

4. Mr. Bates complains to Edward about
(a) The lonliness of their jobs
(b) Administrative paperwork
(c) The head ranger
(d) The long distances he travels

5. Natural springs that seep through canyon walls are
(a) Absorbed by thirsty plant life before reaching the canyon floor
(b) Abundant and flowing
(c) Erosive and causes plant life to wash away
(d) Poisonous to drink

Short Answer Questions

1. "Apache Tears" are actually

2. Water has not created the arches, but they are instead carved by

3. When a person is in the desert long enough he learns to

4. The yucca plant is pollinated by

5. What kind of tool can detect the presence of uranium?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Roy Scobie's problem?

2. Abbey seems to jump back and forth in time in his book. Where in this chapter does that first become obvious?

3. What does Abbey mean by "pox vobiscum," and "swinish politics?"

4. How does the author project his own sensibilities onto the doves that he hears calling? Why?

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

6. How does Edward Abbey seem "polemic" in his views about national parks?

7. Is it beneficial to the Navajos that their population is increasing?

8. How seriously is Abbey taking this government job?

9. Why was Turnbow Cabin built?

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

(see the answer keys)

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