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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 sounds of the mourning doves suggests to Edward
(a) An attempt to restore a lost communion
(b) An attempt to communicate with him
(c) Their oneness with the other desert creatures
(d) Their sadness over the isolation of the desert

2. Edward wants to stop attributing human qualities to nature, which is called
(a) Personification
(b) Metamophization
(c) Characterization
(d) Anthropomorphism

3. Edward Abbey's description of a thunderstorm in the desert is
(a) A humorous event
(b) A Zen experience
(c) Peaceful and calming
(d) Dramatic and violent

4. Hundreds of years ago, Anasazi hunters left behind
(a) Cave dwellings
(b) Flint arrowheads
(c) Animal hides
(d) Petroglyphs

5. On his stomach, Abbey witnesses
(a) The burrowing of two snakes
(b) A fight between two rattlesnakes
(c) The mating dance of two bull snakes
(d) The retreat of the snakes from his cabin

Short Answer Questions

1. Edward's part thought in this chapter is that

2. Why was the government interested in the Arches national park area?

3. Abbey will be responsible for providing the campsites with

4. Abbey will be allowed to drive the government truck

5. Edward Abbey's garden is

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain Abbey's description of the life cycle of the spadefoot toad.

2. What advantages did the government's Atomic Energy Commission have in finding uranium? Are they portrayed as a benificent agency?

3. Abbey mentions that both men he meets are married and have children. Can we assume Abbey is neither? Why or why not?

4. What does Abbey suggest should be done about the erosion of national parks?

5. Explain Abbey's frustration with Roy Scobie.

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

7. Why does Abbey kill a wild rabbit?

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

9. How seriously is Abbey taking this government job?

10. Explain Abbey's vague contempt for human beings that emerges in this chapter.

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