Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. The Moab Valley in the distance lies between
2. Abbey feels if you have reached the point of needing moisture from the barrel cactus
3. April mornings in the desert are
4. Water has not created the arches, but they are instead carved by
5. Why were the little calves terrified during the roundup?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why was Turnbow Cabin built?
2. Abbey does not speak highly of the man-made lakes on the Colorado. Why?
3. Abbey mentions thinking the unthinkable as he drives through the desert past the Arches headquarters. To what is he referring?
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. Where in this chapter does Abbey foreshadow a story involving quicksand?
6. Why do the men make jokes about the dead man?
7. Why does Abbey persist in pursuing Moon-Eye when the heat and conditions have become quite uncomfortable for him?
8. Explain Abbey's vague contempt for human beings that emerges in this chapter.
9. Explain Abbey's description of the life cycle of the spadefoot toad.
10. What concession does Abbey make to man's ingenuity when it comes to life in the desert?
Desert Solitaire was first written in 1956, and reprinted several times after that. Abbey obviously added some text over time. Do a close reading of the section where Abbey describes the experience of noontime in the desert as a psychedelic experience. Are you able to "feel" and understand what he is trying to say? Is he, perhaps, suffering from heat stroke at that time, or is he disoriented. Discuss in your essay the kinds of literary tools Abbey uses to help us experience his story.
Write a researched essay on the current state of the Arches. Has it been mined, drilled, dammed and cemented over, as Abbey dreaded and anticipated? Research, describe and evaluate the changes, and determine whether you feel they have improved the park. Explain your position.
The story of Moon-Eye reveals Abbey's compassion for animals. Write a researched essay about animal abuse in our country, and include detailed information on such groups as PETA and the SPCA, who try to protect animals from humans who neglect or abuse them. In your essay, explain your position regarding the ethical treatment of animals.
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