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

2. Ten miles away past the highway, Abbey can see
(a) Dead Horse Mesa
(b) The Arches Mesa
(c) Mesa of Moab
(d) Salt Creek Mesa

3. Who comes out ahead in Abbey's story about Husk and Graham?
(a) Mrs. Husk
(b) Billy-Joe
(c) Mr. Husk
(d) Mr. Graham

4. A medicinal property of the buckbrush is that of
(a) Mint
(b) Saponaria
(c) Disinfectant
(d) Quinine

5. Indian artifacts in the national forest are
(a) Causing litter and debris
(b) Free for the picking
(c) Protected by law
(d) Abundant

Short Answer Questions

1. Hundreds of years ago, Anasazi hunters left behind

2. Edward's new home is a simple

3. The government survey crew came with plans to

4. Abbey says, after a million years of neglect,

5. Geodes are prevalent in these areas. They are

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why was Turnbow Cabin built?

5. Discuss Abbey's relationship with the natural world as he watches the stars.

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

7. Explain Abbey's frustration with Roy Scobie.

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

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

10. What does Abbey suggest should be done about the erosion of national parks?

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