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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. Abbey's reaction to the man's manner of death is one of
(a) Congratulatory envy
(b) Fear of going the same way
(c) Anger for his carelessness
(d) Revulsion at the sight

2. On the beach for the evening, the most rewarding thing seems to be
(a) Not being cramped
(b) Being dry
(c) Food
(d) Being off the water

3. Abbey gives us an idea of how he laces his conversations with tourists
(a) With humor
(b) With disgust
(c) With warnings
(d) With anger

4. Abbey's decision to take a shortcut in the Havasu Canyon
(a) Led him to sleep in the wilderness
(b) Made him realize he had gone too far
(c) Led to a near-death experience
(d) Left him without water or food

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Unlike Thoreau, Abbey's intention is to

3. Beyond the timberline Abbey observes

4. Abbey likes the word, "Tukuhnikivats," which means

5. On his trip to capture Moon-Eye, Abbey ate his lunch in the shade of

Short Essay Questions

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

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

4. 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?

5. Why does Edward Abbey seemingly push the limits of safety by living in isolation and putting himself in dangerous situations?

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

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

8. 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?

9. What influences Abbey's final decision to abandon his quest for Moon-Eye?

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

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