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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When a scientist disrupted pine caterpillars' food trail, what happened?
(a) they turned around and followed their trail back home
(b) they stopped, and stayed still until they died
(c) half of caterpillars made a new trail off to the right
(d) the caterpillars could not restart a new trail

2. Dillard thought once that awesome artistry can be laced with savagery. To what did she refer?
(a) when ants attacked a lady bug
(b) when her tomcat bit the head off a mouse
(c) when she watched sharks tear into a school of fish
(d) when a thunderstorm blew down a tree

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

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

5. How do humans insulate themselves from the present, according to the author?
(a) by blocking out the past
(b) by continuously reviewing images of the past and future in their minds
(c) by wearing clothes appropriate to the weather
(d) by lying to themselves and others

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

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

8. When Dillard is looking at a stream, where does she look?
(a) at the water going over the rocks
(b) on the north bank
(c) she always looks upstream
(d) in the center of the water

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

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

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

12. What does Dillard say happens the moment you are aware of the present?
(a) it becomes the past
(b) you lose it
(c) it freezes
(d) it no longer matters

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

14. 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 was pure white
(c) it was tied in a knot
(d) it had two heads

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 7 who gravitates towards the circle on the bottom of Dillard's fishbowl?

2. Dillard says that a particular object remains unseen until what happens?

3. How long can a horsehair worm grow?

4. How does Dillard think of Tinker Creek in the first chapter?

5. What changes about the view around Dillard's home when winter comes?

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