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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What is the literal act of seeing?
(a) watching for movement in the clouds
(b) using binoculars to see a great distance
(c) opening the eyes and looking straight ahead
(d) learning how to spot the different wildlife

3. Thinking about God and nature, what does Dillard come to believe is possible?
(a) nature is a God unto itself
(b) nature has created God
(c) God was sleeping and messed up some of nature
(d) God has created much, if not all, of creation in jest

4. 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) their igloos are kept very warm
(c) they eat a lot of whale
(d) they wear seal fur

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

6. How were Starlings are introduced to America from Europe?
(a) by a man who wanted all the birds mentioned in Shakespeare to be present in America
(b) they came over with a European circus
(c) they were sold as pets to a Virginian family
(d) they came in on a boat from England

7. How long does it take a tree to recreate ninety-nine percent of its living parts?
(a) a lifetime
(b) thirty days
(c) twenty-five years
(d) one year

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

9. How much of life which has ever been created, is living at the present time?
(a) around 45 percent
(b) about ten percent
(c) 80 percent of all life ever created still exist
(d) about half

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

11. Dillard opens this first chapter remembering this animal.
(a) a robin whose nest fell from the tree
(b) an alligator she saw in the zoo
(c) a poodle that lived down the street from her
(d) an old tomcat that she used to have

12. What did Dillard do at one time about insects as a child?
(a) watched them in the grass with a magnifying glass
(b) shooed them out of the house before her mother could kill them
(c) killed bugs with carbon tetrachloride and then pinned them on labeled boards
(d) catch fireflies in glass jars to watch them glow

13. What did the animal in question #1 often leave on Dillard's nightgown?
(a) bloody, rose-shaped paw prints
(b) cat hairs
(c) wet, slimy mud off his paws
(d) a dead mouse

14. Before a baby can distinguish objects, what kind does it prefer?
(a) ones that have moving parts
(b) complex designs over simple ones
(c) ones that have bright colors
(d) ones that sparkle and shine

15. Even though she is no scientist, what did Dillard decide she will do in her valley?
(a) erect a new cabin
(b) plant a flower garden
(c) raise sheep
(d) she will explore her valley and report the unmapped frontiers

Short Answer Questions

1. What about the creek creates healing sounds?

2. When Dillard moves from describing details of creation to trying to understand more about creation what is she doing?

3. If there were only one tree in the world, what would happen, according to the author?

4. Dillard wrote, "the present is fleet." What did she mean by this statement?

5. Dillard writes that she is an avid collector of what?

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