Desert Solitaire Test | Final 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 beautiful flower Larkspur can be

2. Beyond the timberline Abbey observes

3. Abbey's reference to the beavers building another dam is really about

4. Edward Abbey and Johnny try to

5. Abbey gives us an idea of how he laces his conversations with tourists

Short Essay Questions

1. Do you think Edward Abbey is a fanatic? Is his fear of a future dictatorial regime unfounded?

2. Do you think Abbey intended to risk his life by spending the entire day trying to entice Moon-Eye to come to him.

3. Abbey does not speak highly of the man-made lakes on the Colorado. Why?

4. Why does Edward Abbey seemingly push the limits of safety by living in isolation and putting himself in dangerous situations?

5. Abbey mentions thinking the unthinkable as he drives through the desert past the Arches headquarters. To what is he referring?

6. Why do the men make jokes about the dead man?

7. How does Abbey feel about leaving the desert and returning to the city?

8. What does Abbey say, indirectly, about change?

9. Why does Abbey persist in pursuing Moon-Eye when the heat and conditions have become quite uncomfortable for him?

10. Of what is Abbey reminded as he lay naked on top of Tukuhnikivats?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

As a tourist, one might have found Abbey to be mysterious. Although he had a great sense of humor with the tourists, he is clearly shrouding feelings that they don't know about, opinions that come through in his humorous sarcasm. In the Episodes and Visions chapter, do a close reading of Abbey's conversations and private thoughts, and analyze what you feel he wished he could say to them, instead of what he did say.

Essay Topic 2

Consider the time(s) in history that this book was written. By the time of the last printing of this story, what had happened that had exposed, particularly to Americans, the true nature of the rat race we had created? Would this book have been more important if it had been written during another era? Would it have been given more attention by reviewers and critics if it had been written in this decade? Be sure to read Abbey's Preface to learn about how the book was received.

Essay Topic 3

Is Edward Abbey depressed? His inability to stop or shift the tides of progress comes through in his writing. Is he hopeful, or has he given up on the human race altogether? Explain your impressions, and provide examples.

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