Desert Solitaire Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 civil engineer believes a road will help

2. April mornings in the desert are

3. Edward Abbey lies like a snake on the edge of a dune to

4. Edward's part thought in this chapter is that

5. Abbey describes the views from his trailer as

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was Turnbow Cabin built?

2. What is Viviano Jacquez's problem?

3. Explain Abbey's description of the life cycle of the spadefoot toad.

4. Why does Abbey kill a wild rabbit?

5. Why does Abbey's watch seem absurd to him?

6. Abbey seems to jump back and forth in time in his book. Where in this chapter does that first become obvious?

7. How were the Park Service rules ambiguous as they were written in 1916?

8. What does Abbey mean by "pox vobiscum," and "swinish politics?"

9. Abbey describes areas where one can find artifacts from Native Americans in the form of arrowheads and spearheads, made from obsidian. There is a law that prohibits removing stones from the national park. Do you think these artifacts can still be found in the "shady alcoves under canyon walls" in the Arches?

10. How does Edward Abbey seem "polemic" in his views about national parks?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are hundreds of geographical features mentioned in Desert Solitaire. Make a table and list of all of the geographical features, look up their meanings and descriptions, and add images, if possible. Provide copies of your material to the class for reference as they read Desert Solitaire.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

The man-made lakes that have been developed by the federal government in the Arches parks are named after men who personally experienced those areas. Research and write about the two men after whom the major lakes have been named, and their contributions to the area. Do you feel their contributions are congruent with the projects that have been named in their honor? Why or why not?

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