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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. How are ladybugs shipped to gardeners?
(a) captured in nets and sedated with alcohol
(b) they are shipped in the spring, the nests are shipped in one piece
(c) the hibernating bugs are packed in boxes of pine cones
(d) they are packed in soil and water

4. What does Dillard's fascination and stories about praying mantises demonstrate?
(a) she watches horror movies too
(b) both her fascination and revulsion of the world of nature
(c) she wants to change the way some things are
(d) she never saw insects before moving to Tinker Creek

5. Dillard sees so much in the natural world which seems paradoxical. Why?
(a) because half the day had sun, half did not
(b) she saw beauty side by side with horrors
(c) because large trees would block the sun from smaller ones
(d) because the same plant could heal you or kill you

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

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

8. What does the author believe about acts of physical courage?
(a) they are energizing
(b) they can tire you out
(c) men do them more than women
(d) they are heroic

9. What about the creek creates healing sounds?
(a) the lap of the water against the bank
(b) the sound of fish jumping at dusk
(c) the creek is sprinkled with large rocks, which enliven the water
(d) the sound of frogs jumping into the water

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

11. How do mice reach the grain at the top of a stalk?
(a) they climb the stalk on the back of other mice
(b) mice chew wheat stems piece by piece
(c) they wait for the farmer to cut the field
(d) they climb a tree and jump onto the stalk

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

13. What is figurative seeing?
(a) seeing with the inner eye and looking beyond outward appearances
(b) watching the invisible
(c) seeing in dreams
(d) closing the eyes and seeing another world

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

15. Dillard writes that she is an avid collector of what?
(a) snake skins
(b) strange insects
(c) feathers
(d) facts and ideas

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 5 Dillard writes about finding a snake. What appeared peculiar about the snake?

2. According to Dillard, the "simple" is transformed by evolution into what?

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

4. How were Starlings are introduced to America from Europe?

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

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