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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How do praying mantises mate?
(a) the female lays eggs and the male comes by and fertilizes them
(b) A female will mate and devour up to seven male mantises
(c) the male kills the female when done and takes over the eggs
(d) they mate like people

2. What does Dillard think is the reason for so many forms of insects?
(a) insects mutate easily
(b) they each specialize in something
(c) it is nature experimenting
(d) because they are hard to kill

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

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

5. What does Dillard say can be as blinding as complete darkness?
(a) a full moon at midnight
(b) too much light
(c) some camp lanterns
(d) a mind that is closed

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

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

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

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

10. What does Dillard see as a passive mystery?
(a) if there are fish in the creek
(b) if nature is benign
(c) the mountains around her
(d) if her brother would enjoy life in Tinker Creek

11. What does the author believe separates humans from their creator and humans from each other?
(a) self-consciousness
(b) hate
(c) indifference
(d) fear

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

13. In Alaska and northern Canada during winter what is a topic of continual fascination?
(a) if the accumulated snow will reach 20 feet
(b) if ice fishing is dangerous
(c) when the Canadian geese will fly north
(d) the exact day that the ice will break up each spring

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

15. When Dillard raps on the goldfish bowl, what does the fish do?
(a) stays perfectly still for ten seconds
(b) swims around the bowl three times
(c) dive to the bottom
(d) swim to the surface

Short Answer Questions

1. What does she realize is the best way to quiet her mind?

2. How are ladybugs shipped to gardeners?

3. At a ranch, Dillard drew a horse. It wasn't a good picture. Others who lived at the ranch drew great horses. Why?

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

5. When Dillard is looking at a stream, where does she look?

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