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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. A medicinal property of the buckbrush is that of
2. The locals in Moab's bars do not become violent, perhaps because
3. The irony of Roy Scobie's death was that
4. Abbey calls the rampant development of national parks
5. Abbey is paid a visit by
Short Essay Questions
1. Abbey seems to jump back and forth in time in his book. Where in this chapter does that first become obvious?
2. What does Abbey suggest should be done about the erosion of national parks?
3. Abbey mentions that both men he meets are married and have children. Can we assume Abbey is neither? Why or why not?
4. Is Abbey's story of Husk and Graham a fact-checked, absolutely correct retelling?
5. The author has arrived in Utah, having come from New Mexico. How different is the terrain in this new place from what he is accustomed to?
6. How seriously is Abbey taking this government job?
7. For what does the author seem to be searching by taking this job?
8. Explain Abbey's reasoning that joy may support survival.
9. How does the author project his own sensibilities onto the doves that he hears calling? Why?
10. What advantages did the government's Atomic Energy Commission have in finding uranium? Are they portrayed as a benificent agency?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Abbey feels that cowboys and Indians primarily make a living these days by presenting their images to the curious in shows and mimicry of the old West. In a researched essay, determine the size of the population of cowboys in our country today. Were Scobie and Viviano part of a dying breed? How has the cowboy's lifestyle changed since Abbey's time? Do they still raise cattle in this part of the country? If possible, try to contact a cowboy who resides in the Moab area, and interview him or her about his daily routine and how modern technology has affected his work.
Essay Topic 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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