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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What does the animal in question #1 do to to get Dillard's attention?
(a) meows loudly
(b) jumps in through the open window and climbs on Dillard's chest
(c) knocks her glasses off onto the floor
(d) bats her leg with his paw

4. If you could watch the unfolding through time of every thing that ever existed on Earth, what does Dillard say you would see?
(a) joy
(b) destruction and fear
(c) upheaval and violence
(d) an endless tempest of beauty

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

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

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

8. 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

9. In Chapter 4 what does Dillard use for controlling garden insects?
(a) frogs
(b) bats
(c) praying mantises
(d) ladybugs

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

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

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

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

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

15. How did Radford, Virginia decide to control their starling problem?
(a) bringing in a population of Maine bird cats
(b) putting out poisoned seed
(c) by spraying them with foam, so they would die of exposure
(d) enclosing large nets around their area

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Dillard think is the reason for so many forms of insects?

2. Dillard sees so much in the natural world which seems paradoxical. Why?

3. In addition to form and texture, what does the author believe influences beauty?

4. How long can a horsehair worm grow?

5. How long does it take a tree to recreate ninety-nine percent of its living parts?

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