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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is figurative seeing?
(a) watching the invisible
(b) seeing in dreams
(c) seeing with the inner eye and looking beyond outward appearances
(d) closing the eyes and seeing another world

2. At a ranch, Dillard drew a horse. It wasn't a good picture. Others who lived at the ranch drew great horses. Why?
(a) they knew all the bones and muscles of a horse
(b) they loved horses
(c) they were more artistic
(d) they had a lot of practice drawing horses

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

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

5. What is the translation of trompes-l' esprit ?
(a) tribulation preceeds victory
(b) till tomorrow
(c) triumph and agony
(d) trick of the mind

6. 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) there is no present
(d) the present goes by so quick one can barely glimpse it

7. Why do birds sing?
(a) scientists really do not know why birds sing
(b) because they like to hear themselves
(c) to signal to other birds
(d) to praise the sun

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

9. How are Eskimos able to survive in such a harsh environment as theirs?
(a) they wear seal fur
(b) they eat a lot of whale
(c) their igloos are kept very warm
(d) they had to possess an intimate understanding of their natural world

10. How do blind people who suddenly gain sight usually see objects at first?
(a) as patches of colored light
(b) as bigger than they really are
(c) as all gray
(d) as black and white

11. What does Dillard's fascination and stories about praying mantises demonstrate?
(a) she wants to change the way some things are
(b) both her fascination and revulsion of the world of nature
(c) she never saw insects before moving to Tinker Creek
(d) she watches horror movies too

12. What does the author believe about acts of physical courage?
(a) they are energizing
(b) they can tire you out
(c) they are heroic
(d) men do them more than women

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

14. What does Dillard say about humans and change?
(a) humans believe stability if good
(b) humans believe change is necessary
(c) humans hate change
(d) humans abhor statis

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. If there were only one tree in the world, what would happen, according to the author?

3. One branch of Jewish philosophy believes that part of the responsibility of humans is to do what?

4. Why did Dillard name this chapter "Seeing?"

5. How long can a horsehair worm grow?

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