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?
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.
Edward Abbey's Desert Solitaire is not simply a story of his stay in the desert, but is a narrative of his experiences and feelings about the land as he learns its peculiarities and the nature of the desert. What, however, is the main thrust of Abbey's message? What does he want us to think about after having read about all of the aspects of the Arches and the surrounding land? Does Abbey's story have an ulterior motive?
Abbey practices civil disobedience when he has the opportunity. Write about these instances and describe them, and what they accomplish. Who are Abbey's heroes and mentors and how does he emulate them? Is he simply an angry man? Describe his motives for these acts.
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