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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. The Moab Valley in the distance lies between
(a) Thousand-foot walls of rock
(b) Glacial mountains
(c) Mesas and low hills
(d) Plateaus and bluffs

2. Abbey feels if you have reached the point of needing moisture from the barrel cactus
(a) You are doomed
(b) You have reached the pinnacle of survival
(c) You are a true cowboy
(d) You are ready for life as a pioneer

3. April mornings in the desert are
(a) Stormy
(b) Very windy
(c) Bright, clear and calm
(d) Cold, windy and dusty

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

5. Why were the little calves terrified during the roundup?
(a) They were afraid of the ropes and brand
(b) They were being separated from their mothers
(c) They did not know where they were headed
(d) They had never seen a human

Short Answer Questions

1. Viviano's English is about fifty percent

2. Abbey describes the scene he observes as

3. Much of the fauna growing near Abbey's trailer is

4. Abbey is paid a visit by

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was Turnbow Cabin built?

2. Abbey does not speak highly of the man-made lakes on the Colorado. Why?

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

4. 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?

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

6. Why do the men make jokes about the dead man?

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

8. Explain Abbey's vague contempt for human beings that emerges in this chapter.

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

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

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