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Multiple Choice Questions

1. One branch of Jewish philosophy believes that part of the responsibility of humans is to do what?
(a) to experience the moment
(b) planting trees
(c) stand in for God with the animals
(d) to help God by hallowing creation

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

3. How does Dillard think of Tinker Creek in the first chapter?
(a) as an anchor that keeps her steady in the current of life
(b) as a scary, mysterious place
(c) that she'd rather live somewhere else
(d) as a place that time forgot

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

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

6. In Chapter 2, Dillard talks of a game she played where she would hide what?
(a) Raggedy Ann dolls
(b) Easter eggs
(c) dimes and quarters
(d) pennies

7. What is the analogy she draws between the snake skin and the seasons?
(a) there is no analogy between snakes and seasons
(b) snakes shed skins in accordance with the seasons
(c) snakes move depending on the season
(d) seasons are a continuous loop, just as she thought the snakeskin was

8. 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

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

10. How does Dillard see time?
(a) as an arrow through space
(b) as being too long when waiting
(c) as a continuous loop or an ascending spiral
(d) as a maze of days

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

12. Who does Dillard think gravitates towards the field of botany?
(a) people who were raised in rural areas
(b) truly ethical thinkers
(c) those who don't like people
(d) no one in particular

13. How are ladybugs shipped to gardeners?
(a) captured in nets and sedated with alcohol
(b) the hibernating bugs are packed in boxes of pine cones
(c) they are shipped in the spring, the nests are shipped in one piece
(d) they are packed in soil and water

14. Why does Dillard believe humans are vulnerable?
(a) because there is a lot of violence in the world
(b) because humans are gullible
(c) because of how easy it is for death to find them
(d) because humans are emotionally out of control

15. What does Dillard suggest spring is about?
(a) faith
(b) flowers blooming
(c) potential
(d) plants growing

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Dillard says there is loveliness and grace throughout creation. What is also there?

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

4. Why do the male praying mantis come near the female?

5. If you remove the answer in question #86 from chlorophyll, you create a molecule of what?

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