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. The sounds of the mourning doves suggests to Edward

2. Viviano is infected by the poison of

3. What is Abbey saying about the area in the Graham and Husk story?

4. Mr. Bates complains to Edward about

5. What does Abbey feel is lost with the looting of the forests' natural treasures?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Abbey get rid of the rattlesnakes?

2. Explain Abbey's reasoning that joy may support survival.

3. What is Roy Scobie's problem?

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

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

6. Is it beneficial to the Navajos that their population is increasing?

7. What are the two wild animals that Abbey has never seen in the Southwest?

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

9. What concession does Abbey make to man's ingenuity when it comes to life in the desert?

10. Discuss how different the daily life of an pre-Columbian Native American was, as compared to the daily life of an American now.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What do you think Abbey's general attitude is toward his fellow human beings? His cynicism is obvious, however, are we able to see a softer side of Abbey when it comes to people? If so, explain and describe it. What emotions is Abbey capable of feeling in this environment?

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

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.

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