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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Even though she is no scientist, what did Dillard decide she will do in her valley?
(a) erect a new cabin
(b) raise sheep
(c) plant a flower garden
(d) she will explore her valley and report the unmapped frontiers

2. Dillard wrote, "the present is fleet." What did she mean by this statement?
(a) the present goes by so quick one can barely glimpse it
(b) the present is the future
(c) there is no present
(d) the present is like a group of ships

3. After she examines the snake skin closely, what does she figure out?
(a) it was not real
(b) it was alive
(c) it was not a snake but a long, skinny lizard
(d) she realizes that the snake had turned parts of the skin inside out, making it appear as though the skin is in a knot

4. Before a baby can distinguish objects, what kind does it prefer?
(a) ones that have bright colors
(b) ones that sparkle and shine
(c) ones that have moving parts
(d) complex designs over simple ones

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

6. Why does Dillard believe humans are vulnerable?
(a) because of how easy it is for death to find them
(b) because there is a lot of violence in the world
(c) because humans are emotionally out of control
(d) because humans are gullible

7. Thinking about God and nature, what does Dillard come to believe is possible?
(a) nature has created God
(b) God was sleeping and messed up some of nature
(c) God has created much, if not all, of creation in jest
(d) nature is a God unto itself

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

9. Why did Xerxes stop the advance of his entire army?
(a) to cut a path through a dense forest
(b) to watch a beautiful sunset
(c) to get ready to attack the Greeks
(d) to meditate on the beauty of a sycamore tree

10. 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) the caterpillars could not restart a new trail
(d) half of caterpillars made a new trail off to the right

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 4 what does Dillard use for controlling garden insects?

2. Why did Indians used grooved arrows?

3. What does the author say the future is?

4. Dillard says the agnostic asks who created the universe. What does a believer ask?

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

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