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. Floating through the rapids leaves the two boaters

2. Mackie would rather be rich than work for Scobie. If he were, he would

3. Abbey suggests to Waterman that, perhaps, like a German poet, we humans

4. A large influx of tourists to the park is marked by

5. As a true patriot, Abbey encourages Waterman to

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What influences Abbey's final decision to abandon his quest for Moon-Eye?

4. Where is the heart of the desert, according to Abbey?

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

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

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

8. Why does Abbey refer to himself as a true patriot?

9. Try to explain Abbey's rambling about naming things.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

Write an essay on your close reading of the section of the book where Abbey describes the noonday sun as if it were a drug-induced experience. Try to explain and expand on the description he has given, and consider why he describes it the way he does. Do you feel he was suffering from heat stroke? Do you think being alone might have caught up with him? Do you think he is afraid for his survival in this moment of extreme heat? What is the reality of this section, in your opinion?

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