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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. 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

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

3. Abbey is wistful about leaving behind
(a) His job
(b) His government pickup
(c) His cozy trailer
(d) This valley of paradox

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

5. The Havsupai are by nature
(a) Malicious and suspicious
(b) Judgmental
(c) Cheerful and easygoing
(d) Lazy and dirty

Short Answer Questions

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

2. The pika is an animal that lives and feeds on

3. Major John Wesley Powell was the first to

4. Abbey is convinced that horses are

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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