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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Dillard says that a particular object remains unseen until what happens?
(a) the name of the object is known
(b) one's attention is focused on it
(c) a light is turned on
(d) it moves

2. What is one of Dillard's main occupations in the winter?
(a) reading
(b) watching television
(c) knitting
(d) sewing

3. How does Dillard think of Tinker Creek in the first chapter?
(a) as a place that time forgot
(b) as a scary, mysterious place
(c) as an anchor that keeps her steady in the current of life
(d) that she'd rather live somewhere else

4. How did Radford, Virginia decide to control their starling problem?
(a) putting out poisoned seed
(b) enclosing large nets around their area
(c) bringing in a population of Maine bird cats
(d) by spraying them with foam, so they would die of exposure

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

6. 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

7. How does Dillard believe the seeking of God takes place?
(a) Singing in the shower
(b) God is in nature
(c) God is everywhere but the best place to seek is in church
(d) the seeking of God is a continuous loop, which never ends

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

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

10. How do ladybugs hibernate?
(a) ladybugs hibernate in large masses
(b) ladybugs hide beneath the bark on trees
(c) ladybugs die off in winter
(d) ladybugs hibernate under the roots of trees

11. 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) how often the modern weather predictions are right
(d) whether ancient people talked about the weather

12. Dillard says there is loveliness and grace throughout creation. What is also there?
(a) the bizarre and grotesque
(b) violence
(c) scarcity
(d) fear

13. What does she realize is the best way to quiet her mind?
(a) taking a sleeping pill
(b) by offering a nonchalant nod to the presence of words in the head
(c) sitting quietly and breathing deeply
(d) counting from 100 to zero backwards

14. In Chapter 3, Dillard stalks a bird along the iced over creek. What kind of bird was it?
(a) coot
(b) robin
(c) blue jay
(d) duck

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How do praying mantises mate?

2. What does Dillard's fascination and stories about praying mantises demonstrate?

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

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

5. According to Dillard, how is the past healed?

(see the answer keys)

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