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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. Abbey describes the voice of the desert
(a) Rising to a demented howl
(b) Screaming through the cracks
(c) Moaning and crying
(d) Whirling and shrieking

2. "Apache Tears" are actually
(a) Arrowheads made from obsidian
(b) Dripping springs from the mountains
(c) Crystals found in obscure caves
(d) Hidden crystals in oval rocks

3. The clarity of the desert is illustrated in the desert's flora and fauna
(a) The uncrowded openness
(b) The heat and rock
(c) The danger in the plant forms
(d) The lack of life

4. The small cloud on Abbey's horizon is
(a) Homebrew
(b) Unemployment
(c) Progress
(d) Prostitutes

5. Water has not created the arches, but they are instead carved by
(a) Ice
(b) Snow
(c) Sand
(d) Wind

Short Answer Questions

1. Abbey is adamant about the Navajos' inability to adapt to

2. Abbey will be responsible for providing the campsites with

3. Onion Spring, northeast of Moab, is

4. The Moab Valley in the distance lies between

5. West of the Mississippi, Abbey says the cult of "cowboyism" is growing as fast as

Short Essay Questions

1. Where in this chapter does Abbey foreshadow a story involving quicksand?

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

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

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

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

6. How does Abbey get rid of the rattlesnakes?

7. Why would the obsidian shards be named "Apache tears?"

8. The author has arrived in Utah, having come from New Mexico. How different is the terrain in this new place from what he is accustomed to?

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

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

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