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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why did Dillard name this chapter "Seeing?"
(a) because she believes to see she has to understand
(b) because she has found out some blind people regain their sight
(c) she knows that to discover and understand she must be able to see
(d) because she discusses the loss of sight

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

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

4. Dillard wrote, "the present is fleet." What did she mean by this statement?
(a) the present is like a group of ships
(b) the present is the future
(c) the present goes by so quick one can barely glimpse it
(d) there is no present

5. Why are starlings hated in the Tinker Creek area?
(a) they scare the children by flying around them
(b) they eat all the worms and leave the ground bare
(c) they are smelly, messy, and noisy
(d) they fly into houses and make nests

6. Why did Indians used grooved arrows?
(a) it made them more accurate
(b) so they would fly farther
(c) so they were lighter to carry around
(d) the hunter could follow the trail of blood that flows down the groove

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How much of life which has ever been created, is living at the present time?

2. What is Dillard illustrating in her story about the Polyphemus moth from her childhood?

3. In Chapter 2, Dillard talks of a game she played where she would hide what?

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

5. What sport does the author play come spring?

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