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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In addition to form and texture, what does the author believe influences beauty?
(a) time
(b) time of day
(c) perception
(d) color

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

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

4. How do honey bees survive the cold of winter?
(a) they don't survive, honey bees die off in the winter
(b) build nest in the ground and sleep during winter
(c) go to sleep inside their honey combs
(d) cluster together in giant balls

5. If there were only one tree in the world, what would happen, according to the author?
(a) the world would cease to exist
(b) all creatures would travel to touch it in order to feel secure
(c) humans would all live around the tree
(d) there would not be enough oxygen to breath

6. When Dillard moves from describing details of creation to trying to understand more about creation what is she doing?
(a) moving from what to why
(b) trying to think too much
(c) moving from logic to mysticism
(d) getting a little strange

7. How long can a horsehair worm grow?
(a) three yards
(b) up to five feet long
(c) lengths of up to three feet
(d) ten to twelve feet

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

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

10. According to Dillard, how is the past healed?
(a) by meditating on forgiveness
(b) by focusing on the future
(c) by ignoring it
(d) if one stays in the present, the past is healed

11. Why are starlings hated in the Tinker Creek area?
(a) they eat all the worms and leave the ground bare
(b) they scare the children by flying around them
(c) they are smelly, messy, and noisy
(d) they fly into houses and make nests

12. What does Dillard say is the way to tell winter has arrived?
(a) when you have to make your first fire
(b) you can taste winter's arrival on the air
(c) when the creek's water has frozen
(d) when you see the first snowfall

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

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

15. Why did early Eskimos love winter?
(a) the seals are easier to kill
(b) the whales are closer to shore
(c) they like to celebrate winter soltice
(d) it is a time to use their sleds to visit other Eskimos

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the literal act of seeing?

2. What does Dillard suggest is a similarity between her and plankton?

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

4. Generally, what will praying mantises eat?

5. Dillard wrote, "the present is fleet." What did she mean by this statement?

(see the answer keys)

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