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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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 is constantly changing
(d) nature changes quickly

3. What does Dillard suggest is a similarity between her and plankton?
(a) they both carry stuff on their back
(b) they both live alone
(c) they are both unaware of what they're doing
(d) they both live in or near Tinker Creek

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

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

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

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

8. Dillard believes that, with indifference, nature hides what?
(a) waterfalls
(b) the agony of prey and hunter
(c) wonders from the eye
(d) butterflies

9. 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) shooed them out of the house before her mother could kill them
(d) watched them in the grass with a magnifying glass

10. What sport does the author play come spring?
(a) basketball
(b) softball
(c) golf
(d) tennis

11. What does the author see as an active mystery?
(a) whether it will rain that day
(b) whether there's life after death
(c) if the creek will ever get bigger
(d) Tinker Creek

12. 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

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

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

15. Why does the author think nature experiments with insects' shape, form and "niche?"
(a) to see which works best
(b) because nature is still trying to figure out how to kill off the insects
(c) Dillard figures nature will try anything once
(d) from boredom

Short Answer Questions

1. Dillard opens this first chapter remembering this animal.

2. What does Dillard say happens the moment you are aware of the present?

3. How do ladybugs hibernate?

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

5. What is figurative seeing?

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