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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Generally, what will praying mantises eat?
(a) they will eat anything small enough for it to capture - even tiny garter snakes
(b) they will eat the leaves off of trees
(c) they eat tree roots
(d) they eat flower petals

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

3. Why did Indians used grooved arrows?
(a) it made them more accurate
(b) so they would fly farther
(c) the hunter could follow the trail of blood that flows down the groove
(d) so they were lighter to carry around

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

5. What does Dillard say hinders people from experiencing the now?
(a) humans don't like to be in the now
(b) there is no now
(c) humans are always looking into the future
(d) being too aware of self, rather than the moment

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

7. 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

8. What does Dillard believe is healing?
(a) white clouds in blue skies
(b) flowing water
(c) soothing music
(d) sunshine

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) upheaval and violence
(b) joy
(c) an endless tempest of beauty
(d) destruction and fear

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

11. Dillard opens this first chapter remembering this animal.
(a) an old tomcat that she used to have
(b) an alligator she saw in the zoo
(c) a robin whose nest fell from the tree
(d) a poodle that lived down the street from her

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

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

14. How long does it take a tree to recreate ninety-nine percent of its living parts?
(a) twenty-five years
(b) one year
(c) a lifetime
(d) thirty days

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Dillard suggest spring is about?

2. What does the author believe about acts of physical courage?

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

4. What does the author see as an active mystery?

5. Why do the male praying mantis come near the female?

(see the answer keys)

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