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

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

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

4. Why was the government interested in the Arches national park area?
(a) It is a source of uranium
(b) Death Valley is a high security area for testing
(c) Its wealth of silver mines
(d) It provides a natural bridge to the east

5. Abbey suggests that former cowboys, like Indians, may be
(a) Waiting for recognition by the mainstream
(b) Hoping for redemption
(c) Committing slow suicide
(d) Assimilating into American middle class

Short Answer Questions

1. Viviano's English is about fifty percent

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

3. When a person is in the desert long enough he learns to

4. Salty water cannot sustain human life because

5. Since the visit from the government workers, The Arches Park has

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Abbey's watch seem absurd to him?

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

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

5. Explain why many of the petroglyphs are found in caves too high for us to reach.

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

7. What is one of the innate demands of industrial tourism?

8. How does Abbey get rid of the rattlesnakes?

9. 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?

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

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