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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 Abbey and Johnny try to
(a) Find vultures circling
(b) Console each other over the man's death
(c) Retrace the man's activities before he died
(d) Drag the man up to the coroner's vehicle

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

3. Separating from other human beings feels to Abbey like
(a) An unnatural act that will lead to loss
(b) A stab of conscience
(c) Cutting the cord, a rebirth into primeval liberty
(d) A spiritual reckoning

4. Under Abbey's ramada on a sunny day the temperature of 110 degrees is
(a) Hotter than inside the trailer
(b) Hot enough for heastroke
(c) Too hot to breathe
(d) Comfortable and pleasant

5. Abbey and Newcomb are in denial about the
(a) Completion of the dam
(b) Their thirst
(c) The end of their trip
(d) The friendship they have formed

Short Answer Questions

1. In the middle of the day on the desert, most of the birds

2. Abbey's exploration of the Maze with Bob Waterman is

3. After Moon-Eye rushed Abbey and ran fifty feet away, Abbey waited on him for

4. The beautiful flower Larkspur can be

5. Abbey's campsite is

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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?

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

4. If Abbey is somewhat indifferent to the death of a fellow human being, why would that be true?

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

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

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

8. Try to explain Abbey's rambling about naming things.

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

10. 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?

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