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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. The only sign of human life Abbey and Waterman see in the maze is
(a) A beer can
(b) Old tent poles
(c) A snake petroglyph
(d) Footprints

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

3. Fred Burkett's favorite hiding place to watch for speeders was
(a) Sawed down by Abbey
(b) Blown over in the wind
(c) Leveled by vandals
(d) Now obsolete

4. Abbey tries to convince Moon-Eye to come with by telling him a story about
(a) His own childhood
(b) How he will die and be eaten
(c) How he will get the others and come for him
(d) His pet horse back in Albuquerque

5. A large influx of tourists to the park is marked by
(a) Fourth of July
(b) Memorial Day
(c) Labor Day
(d) The end of spring

Short Answer Questions

1. The man who has initiated the search is the deceased man's

2. Abbey's concerns about preserving wilderness in this chapter are connected with

3. With Waterman, Abbey experiences his first attempt at

4. Abbey's decision to take a shortcut in the Havasu Canyon

5. On the second day of their journey, Abbey is

Short Essay Questions

1. The trip down the Colorado for Abbey and Newcomb is blissful and idyllic. What, if any, is the dark side of this story?

2. Why do you think Abbey wants to own Moon-Eye?

3. Why does Abbey refer to himself as a true patriot?

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

5. Do Abbey and Newcomb enjoy the "rapids" they encounter?

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

7. Why does Abbey prefer the desert to other environments?

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

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

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

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