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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. Some ancient pictographs in the rocks depict
(a) Space aliens that look like humans
(b) Flying dinosaurs
(c) Semi-human and super-human people
(d) Violent acts of nature

2. What kind of tool can detect the presence of uranium?
(a) A Geiger counter
(b) A radiation detector
(c) A mining meter
(d) A Vanadium sensor

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

4. Abbey is adamant about the Navajos' inability to adapt to
(a) The highway system
(b) The reservation
(c) The American middle class
(d) New age dancing

5. West of the Mississippi, Abbey says the cult of "cowboyism" is growing as fast as
(a) The disappearance of cattle herding
(b) The population of buffalo
(c) The local Indian reservations
(d) The counter culture

Short Answer Questions

1. Besides money, a reason for developing the parks is

2. Visiting Moab on Wednesdays, Edward Abbey deduces that the men in the beer joints have been

3. Vernon Pick managed to sufficiently purify his water by

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

5. Abbey sees as a nuisance the presence in the desert of

Short Essay Questions

1. Of what is Abbey reminded as he lay naked on top of Tukuhnikivats?

2. Why does Abbey prefer the desert to other environments?

3. Why do you think Abbey wants to own Moon-Eye?

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

5. Abbey mentions thinking the unthinkable as he drives through the desert past the Arches headquarters. To what is he referring?

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. What is Viviano Jacquez's problem?

8. Why does Abbey persist in pursuing Moon-Eye when the heat and conditions have become quite uncomfortable for him?

9. Where is the heart of the desert, according to Abbey?

10. The poet to whom Abbey refers in this chapter when he says, "It was all foreseen a half century ago," is Robinson Jeffers, and his poem is entitled "Broken Balance." Why does Abbey not provide the reader with that information, when he has so adamantly laid out his reasoning and feelings for us in the previous paragraphs?

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