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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. Why did Abbey's friend from Cleveland think the desert would be a better place if it had water?
(a) Because it would be a better tourist attraction
(b) Because it would be more beautiful
(c) Because more people could live there
(d) Because it would be greener

2. Wood is petrified by
(a) Salt springs erosion
(b) Quicksand
(c) Pressure from cold springs
(d) Hot silica-bearing waters

3. Abbey's complaint about a flashlight is that
(a) It isolates his image in the dark
(b) It separates a man from the world around him
(c) It creates an artificial sense of safety
(d) The light is such a small sphere

4. Abbey sees as a nuisance the presence in the desert of
(a) Foxes, wolves and bobcats
(b) Rodents such as rats, mice and squirrels
(c) Snakes, lizards and gophers
(d) Scorpions, tarantulas, centipedes and black widows

5. Abbey will be responsible for providing the campsites with
(a) Garbage receptacles
(b) Firewood
(c) Fireplaces
(d) Toilet paper

Short Answer Questions

1. Water has not created the arches, but they are instead carved by

2. Edward Abbey's solution to preventing rattlesnakes is

3. The government survey crew came with plans to

4. Edward Abbey is employed by the

5. To spend time outside the trailer, Abbey builds

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

4. Why does Abbey decide not to kill the rattlesnake under his doorstep?

5. Why was Turnbow Cabin built?

6. How does Abbey get rid of the rattlesnakes?

7. What are the two wild animals that Abbey has never seen in the Southwest?

8. 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?

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

10. What is Roy Scobie's problem?

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