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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 group's reactions after the man is taken away involve
2. As a true patriot, Abbey encourages Waterman to
3. Moon-Eye rejected humans when he was subjected to
4. Abbey's reaction to the man's manner of death is one of
5. Abbey cancels his plans for
Short Essay Questions
1. Of what is Abbey reminded as he lay naked on top of Tukuhnikivats?
2. Abbey does not speak highly of the man-made lakes on the Colorado. Why?
3. Where is the heart of the desert, according to Abbey?
4. If Abbey is somewhat indifferent to the death of a fellow human being, why would that be true?
5. What does Abbey say, indirectly, about change?
6. The trip down the Colorado for Abbey and Newcomb is blissful and idyllic. What, if any, is the dark side of this story?
7. Why does Edward Abbey seemingly push the limits of safety by living in isolation and putting himself in dangerous situations?
8. Why was Abbey not interested in living with the Supai Havasu Indians?
9. What are a few good words that would describe Abbey's impression of the desert at this time of year, and at noon? Is there any other place, time, state of mind or being, to which this same set of words also applies?
10. Abbey mentions thinking the unthinkable as he drives through the desert past the Arches headquarters. To what is he referring?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Abbey and his friend, Newcomb, enjoy an incredible rafting trip down the Colorado River, separating themselves from humanity in general. Discuss in a detailed essay Abbey's mixed feelings of revulsion and delight about the human race. How does this trip down the river bring things into focus for him? Since he is a human himself, does he simply feel superior to most people, or are his objections more theoretical? Is the trip down the river a statement of some kind - does it hold a deeper meaning?
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
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.
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