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

2. What reigns in the desert on this late-spring day is
(a) The wind
(b) The tourists
(c) The clean air
(d) The sun

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

4. After Moon-Eye rushed Abbey and ran fifty feet away, Abbey waited on him for
(a) Through the entire evening
(b) A few minutes longer
(c) A full hour
(d) The rest of the afternoon

5. A man is shouting from the shore to Abbey and Newcomb about
(a) Something important to Abbey and Newcomb
(b) Something the reader never learns
(c) How boaters are not allowed
(d) Something private to Abbey and Newcomb

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. The desert winds of May have

4. Moon-Eye's temperament was due to

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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