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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Dillard believes that "weather overlaps" which causes what?
(a) there is only a few weeks of any season that is distinguishable from the former or following
(b) sun shining when it's raining
(c) rain in the backyard and sun in the front yard
(d) snow on Easter

3. What is the literal act of seeing?
(a) watching for movement in the clouds
(b) opening the eyes and looking straight ahead
(c) learning how to spot the different wildlife
(d) using binoculars to see a great distance

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

5. 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) she will explore her valley and report the unmapped frontiers
(d) plant a flower garden

6. In Chapter 4 what does Dillard use for controlling garden insects?
(a) praying mantises
(b) ladybugs
(c) bats
(d) frogs

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

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

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

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

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

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

13. What does the animal in question #1 do to to get Dillard's attention?
(a) knocks her glasses off onto the floor
(b) meows loudly
(c) jumps in through the open window and climbs on Dillard's chest
(d) bats her leg with his paw

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

15. Why do the male praying mantis come near the female?
(a) the female is bigger and stronger and makes him
(b) he has a chemical in his abdomen that encourages him
(c) the male is born to be the mate of a certain femal
(d) the females have a long, whip-like appendage that grabs the male

Short Answer Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Dillard see as a passive mystery?

5. What did the animal in question #1 often leave on Dillard's nightgown?

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