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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 is able to hear, but not see
(a) Highway traffic
(b) Canyon wrens and mourning doves
(c) Distant hawks
(d) Mice and rats

2. Visiting Moab on Wednesdays, Edward Abbey deduces that the men in the beer joints have been
(a) Working as park rangers all day
(b) In town for most of the day
(c) Active and working alone all day
(d) Are poor miners

3. We learn that Abbey has a real dislike for
(a) Wind
(b) Red ants
(c) Rabbits
(d) Snakes

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

5. Abbey had no fear of drowning in the Havasupai Canyon floor's stream because
(a) It was salty and made him bouyant
(b) He intended to drink it all
(c) It was only a mirage
(d) It was only ankle deep

Short Answer Questions

1. Edward's new home is a simple

2. The reason for the growth of Indian population in the southwest is due to

3. Abbey enjoys the playful antics of the

4. Abbey speculates that the mourning doves' call may be

5. The physical comforts in his trailer include

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Is Abbey's story of Husk and Graham a fact-checked, absolutely correct retelling?

5. Abbey mentions that both men he meets are married and have children. Can we assume Abbey is neither? Why or why not?

6. 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?

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

8. Is it beneficial to the Navajos that their population is increasing?

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

10. How does Abbey get rid of the rattlesnakes?

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