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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 difference between the desert and other geographic areas is its
(a) Its passivity and simplicity
(b) Its danger
(c) Its beauty in all seasons
(d) Its level of tourism

2. Abbey can be said to be a high-level
(a) Mormon
(b) Cynic
(c) Atheist
(d) Conservative

3. Beyond the timberline Abbey observes
(a) Heavy snow
(b) The pine forest
(c) The alpenglow
(d) Gathering stom clouds

4. Abbey feels the only real paradise is
(a) The here and now, and the real earth
(b) The fantasy of skiing in unison
(c) The mythical Garden of Eden
(d) Moab, Utah

5. Why does the sign instructing skiers to ski in a clockwise direction irk Edward Abbey?
(a) He feels people should ski in both directions
(b) It is industrial tourism at its finest
(c) He wishes people would ski only on the snow
(d) It is one more indication of freedom lost to government control

Short Answer Questions

1. Abbey is wistful about leaving behind

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

3. When Abbey finally confronts Moon-Eye, he is

4. Abbey gives us an idea of how he laces his conversations with tourists

5. Abbey suggests to Waterman that, perhaps, like a German poet, we humans

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Do you think Abbey intended to risk his life by spending the entire day trying to entice Moon-Eye to come to him.

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

4. How does Abbey feel about leaving the desert and returning to the city?

5. What is the difference between Abbey's heat waves and a mirage?

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

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

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

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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