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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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

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

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

5. How does Dillard visualize the present?
(a) as the middle of everything
(b) as a wave that explodes over her head
(c) as a hummingbird that stops for nectar
(d) as a hawk soaring on the breeze

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

7. What does the author say the future is?
(a) light on the water and a spirit
(b) a wind coming from the east
(c) a cricket's song on a sultry night
(d) baby birds who have just hatched

8. How does Dillard believe the seeking of God takes place?
(a) God is everywhere but the best place to seek is in church
(b) Singing in the shower
(c) the seeking of God is a continuous loop, which never ends
(d) God is in nature

9. How does the author say one can obtain "unself-conscious state?"
(a) pure devotion to whatever one is doing at the moment
(b) through desperate illness
(c) through meditation
(d) through intense exercise

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

11. When Dillard moves from describing details of creation to trying to understand more about creation what is she doing?
(a) trying to think too much
(b) moving from logic to mysticism
(c) moving from what to why
(d) getting a little strange

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

13. In Chapter 3, Dillard stalks a bird along the iced over creek. What kind of bird was it?
(a) duck
(b) robin
(c) blue jay
(d) coot

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

15. What does Dillard find out when she takes her first course in French?
(a) she realizes that she will have to learn French word by word
(b) it's more difficult than Spanish
(c) French sounds better than English
(d) she has no aptitude for languages

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did Xerxes stop the advance of his entire army?

2. What sport does the author play come spring?

3. What does the animal in question #1 do to to get Dillard's attention?

4. What is one of Dillard's main occupations in the winter?

5. What does Dillard's fascination and stories about praying mantises demonstrate?

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