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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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

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

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

5. How does the author say one can obtain "unself-conscious state?"
(a) through meditation
(b) through desperate illness
(c) pure devotion to whatever one is doing at the moment
(d) through intense exercise

6. Why did Dillard name this chapter "Seeing?"
(a) because she has found out some blind people regain their sight
(b) she knows that to discover and understand she must be able to see
(c) because she believes to see she has to understand
(d) because she discusses the loss of sight

7. When Dillard raps on the goldfish bowl, what does the fish do?
(a) swims around the bowl three times
(b) swim to the surface
(c) stays perfectly still for ten seconds
(d) dive to the bottom

8. 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 climb a tree and jump onto the stalk
(d) they wait for the farmer to cut the field

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

10. What did Dillard do at one time about insects as a child?
(a) catch fireflies in glass jars to watch them glow
(b) watched them in the grass with a magnifying glass
(c) shooed them out of the house before her mother could kill them
(d) killed bugs with carbon tetrachloride and then pinned them on labeled boards

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Generally, what will praying mantises eat?

2. What does Dillard find out when she takes her first course in French?

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

4. Dillard opens this first chapter remembering this animal.

5. In Chapter 3, Dillard stalks a bird along the iced over creek. What kind of bird was it?

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