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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the translation of trompes-l' esprit ?
(a) trick of the mind
(b) till tomorrow
(c) triumph and agony
(d) tribulation preceeds victory

2. What does the author see as an active mystery?
(a) if the creek will ever get bigger
(b) Tinker Creek
(c) whether it will rain that day
(d) whether there's life after death

3. What does Dillard believe about nature and change?
(a) change in nature is sporatic and unpredictable
(b) nature is constantly changing
(c) nature does not change, or changes extremely slow
(d) nature changes quickly

4. What is Dillard illustrating in her story about the Polyphemus moth from her childhood?
(a) she has a good memory
(b) kids are cruel
(c) the indifference humans often exhibit towards the natural world
(d) moths have to spread their weeks when born

5. How are Eskimos able to survive in such a harsh environment as theirs?
(a) they had to possess an intimate understanding of their natural world
(b) they wear seal fur
(c) they eat a lot of whale
(d) their igloos are kept very warm

6. How do honey bees survive the cold of winter?
(a) build nest in the ground and sleep during winter
(b) they don't survive, honey bees die off in the winter
(c) go to sleep inside their honey combs
(d) cluster together in giant balls

7. In Chapter 7 who gravitates towards the circle on the bottom of Dillard's fishbowl?
(a) the biggest goldfish
(b) baby tadpoles
(c) light-loving plankton
(d) a scavenger fish

8. How do ladybugs hibernate?
(a) ladybugs hibernate in large masses
(b) ladybugs die off in winter
(c) ladybugs hide beneath the bark on trees
(d) ladybugs hibernate under the roots of trees

9. According to Dillard, the "simple" is transformed by evolution into what?
(a) the more complex and intricate
(b) animals
(c) trees
(d) human intellect

10. If there were only one tree in the world, what would happen, according to the author?
(a) all creatures would travel to touch it in order to feel secure
(b) there would not be enough oxygen to breath
(c) the world would cease to exist
(d) humans would all live around the tree

11. How do humans insulate themselves from the present, according to the author?
(a) by blocking out the past
(b) by wearing clothes appropriate to the weather
(c) by continuously reviewing images of the past and future in their minds
(d) by lying to themselves and others

12. In Chapter 5 Dillard writes about finding a snake. What appeared peculiar about the snake?
(a) it had a outer and inner skin
(b) it was tied in a knot
(c) it had two heads
(d) it was pure white

13. Dillard says the agnostic asks who created the universe. What does a believer ask?
(a) who is God
(b) what role does man play
(c) why was the universe created
(d) why am I in the universe

14. She claims the ability to see what is hidden is what?
(a) a piece of luck
(b) a special talent
(c) fate
(d) a gift

15. Chlorophyll has a single atom of what substance in the center?
(a) zinc
(b) magnesium
(c) hydrogen
(d) carbon

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the author believe separates humans from their creator and humans from each other?

2. In Alaska and northern Canada during winter what is a topic of continual fascination?

3. What sport does the author play come spring?

4. Dillard believes that, with indifference, nature hides what?

5. When Dillard raps on the goldfish bowl, what does the fish do?

(see the answer keys)

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