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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. An arroyo seco is
(a) A ramada
(b) A dry stream bed
(c) A rushing river
(d) A mesa with a view

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

3. Abbey had no fear of drowning in the Havasupai Canyon floor's stream because
(a) He intended to drink it all
(b) It was only ankle deep
(c) It was salty and made him bouyant
(d) It was only a mirage

4. A medicinal property of the buckbrush is that of
(a) Saponaria
(b) Disinfectant
(c) Quinine
(d) Mint

5. Edward describes the colors of dawn in terms of
(a) Gray, brown and tinny
(b) Rainbow of pastels
(c) Primary colors of life's art
(d) Lavender, gold and rosey

Short Answer Questions

1. The sounds of the mourning doves suggests to Edward

2. Abbey enjoys the playful antics of the

3. Edward Abbey is employed by the

4. The reason for the growth of Indian population in the southwest is due to

5. We learn that Abbey was raised

Short Essay Questions

1. How were the Park Service rules ambiguous as they were written in 1916?

2. 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?

3. What is Viviano Jacquez's problem?

4. How does Abbey get rid of the rattlesnakes?

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

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

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

8. Why does Abbey's watch seem absurd to him?

9. How seriously is Abbey taking this government job?

10. Is Abbey's story of Husk and Graham a fact-checked, absolutely correct retelling?

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