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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. In late summer the quietness, or somnolence of the desert leaves Abbey feeling
(a) Hungry for the ocean
(b) Haunted by voices
(c) A certain madness
(d) Tired of the heat

2. The pika is an animal that lives and feeds on
(a) Larkspur
(b) Buttercups
(c) Alpine violets
(d) Tundra

3. The German who befriended Abbey was, in Abbey's opinion,
(a) A typical, common Nazi
(b) A Zionist
(c) A naieve German
(d) A crazy Bavarian

4. Abbey has been promised by a Mormon woman that he
(a) Will be saved as a Mormon
(b) Will finally come around to her way of praying
(c) Will always be an atheist
(d) Will go to heaven with her

5. Abbey's exploration of the Maze with Bob Waterman is
(a) Impulsive
(b) Ironic
(c) Dangerous
(d) Haphazard

Short Answer Questions

1. As a true patriot, Abbey encourages Waterman to

2. Abbey wants his readers to know that the desert is

3. A man is shouting from the shore to Abbey and Newcomb about

4. Abbey's reaction to the man's manner of death is one of

5. Abbey admits that he, too, is a member of

Short Essay Questions

1. Where is the heart of the desert, according to Abbey?

2. Do you think Edward Abbey is a fanatic? Is his fear of a future dictatorial regime unfounded?

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

4. What are a few good words that would describe Abbey's impression of the desert at this time of year, and at noon? Is there any other place, time, state of mind or being, to which this same set of words also applies?

5. Abbey gives us two facts in the early part of this chapter that make it clear that this trip was taken in a decade long-past. What is it?

6. Of what is Abbey reminded as he lay naked on top of Tukuhnikivats?

7. What does Abbey say, indirectly, about change?

8. 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?

9. Why was Abbey not interested in living with the Supai Havasu Indians?

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

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