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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is figurative seeing?
(a) watching the invisible
(b) closing the eyes and seeing another world
(c) seeing with the inner eye and looking beyond outward appearances
(d) seeing in dreams

2. What does Dillard believe is healing?
(a) soothing music
(b) sunshine
(c) white clouds in blue skies
(d) flowing water

3. Dillard says there is loveliness and grace throughout creation. What is also there?
(a) the bizarre and grotesque
(b) scarcity
(c) fear
(d) violence

4. According to Dillard, how is the past healed?
(a) by focusing on the future
(b) if one stays in the present, the past is healed
(c) by meditating on forgiveness
(d) by ignoring it

5. What does Dillard say hinders people from experiencing the now?
(a) there is no now
(b) humans don't like to be in the now
(c) being too aware of self, rather than the moment
(d) humans are always looking into the future

6. What does Dillard say is the way to tell winter has arrived?
(a) when you have to make your first fire
(b) when you see the first snowfall
(c) you can taste winter's arrival on the air
(d) when the creek's water has frozen

7. Why do the male praying mantis come near the female?
(a) the male is born to be the mate of a certain femal
(b) the female is bigger and stronger and makes him
(c) he has a chemical in his abdomen that encourages him
(d) the females have a long, whip-like appendage that grabs the male

8. Dillard sees so much in the natural world which seems paradoxical. Why?
(a) she saw beauty side by side with horrors
(b) because large trees would block the sun from smaller ones
(c) because half the day had sun, half did not
(d) because the same plant could heal you or kill you

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

10. Generally, what will praying mantises eat?
(a) they eat tree roots
(b) they will eat the leaves off of trees
(c) they will eat anything small enough for it to capture - even tiny garter snakes
(d) they eat flower petals

11. Dillard believes that "weather overlaps" which causes what?
(a) there is only a few weeks of any season that is distinguishable from the former or following
(b) snow on Easter
(c) sun shining when it's raining
(d) rain in the backyard and sun in the front yard

12. What does Dillard say can be as blinding as complete darkness?
(a) some camp lanterns
(b) a full moon at midnight
(c) a mind that is closed
(d) too much light

13. What is it about weather that Dillard believes is a phenomena worth writing about?
(a) whether ancient people talked about the weather
(b) how often the modern weather predictions are wrong
(c) talking about the weather is one of seven or eight phenomena worth discussing
(d) how often the modern weather predictions are right

14. Why did early Eskimos love winter?
(a) the whales are closer to shore
(b) the seals are easier to kill
(c) it is a time to use their sleds to visit other Eskimos
(d) they like to celebrate winter soltice

15. Dillard writes that she is an avid collector of what?
(a) strange insects
(b) feathers
(c) snake skins
(d) facts and ideas

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Dillard think of Tinker Creek in the first chapter?

2. In Chapter 5 Dillard writes about finding a snake. What appeared peculiar about the snake?

3. When Dillard is looking at a stream, where does she look?

4. What is the analogy she draws between the snake skin and the seasons?

5. What is the translation of trompes-l' esprit ?

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