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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 pika is an animal that lives and feeds on
(a) Larkspur
(b) Tundra
(c) Alpine violets
(d) Buttercups

2. Abbey sees the value of wilderness, in a political sense, as
(a) An escape from the city for industry workers
(b) A remote place for the govenrment to set up new programs
(c) A military mecca
(d) A base for resistance to central domination

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

4. Major John Wesley Powell was the first to
(a) The military force behind Lake Powell
(b) The government's advocate for the Hoover Dam
(c) A force in drowing Glen Canyon
(d) Explore the Colorado River and its environment

5. Unlike Thoreau, Abbey's intention is to
(a) Spend time in the bars
(b) Spend six months in the desert
(c) Make the best of two worlds
(d) Be a megalomaniac

Short Answer Questions

1. Abbey's reference to the beavers building another dam is really about

2. A man is shouting from the shore to Abbey and Newcomb about

3. Beyond the timberline Abbey observes

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

5. We can assume that Abbey decides to set off to the mountains

Short Essay Questions

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

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. Try to explain Abbey's rambling about naming things.

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

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

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

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

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

10. 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?

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