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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. Edward Abbey lies like a snake on the edge of a dune to
(a) To rest from the power of the wind
(b) Feel the wind as a snake would
(c) To feel like a plant, himself
(d) Study the flowers like a snake

2. Abbey says, after a million years of neglect,
(a) The sandstone arches have dissolved
(b) Progress has come to the Arches
(c) The Park has worn down to nothing
(d) People have taken all the animals from the wilderness

3. Edward's part thought in this chapter is that
(a) All living things on earth are kindred
(b) Only dogs have emotions
(c) Animals have no emotions
(d) Women have souls

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

5. Scobie is only able to sleep
(a) On rock
(b) In a cot
(c) On quicksand
(d) On desert sand

Short Answer Questions

1. Abbey compares cultures of Indians and cowboys in that

2. Edward Abbey's solution to preventing rattlesnakes is

3. Blossoming near the shed behind Abbey's trailer is a dazzling

4. Edward Abbey is employed by the

5. Edward's new home is a simple

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain why many of the petroglyphs are found in caves too high for us to reach.

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

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

4. Explain why Abbey prefers not to use a flashlight in the dark.

5. Explain Abbey's frustration with Roy Scobie.

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

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

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

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

10. 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?

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