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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What does Dillard see as a passive mystery?
(a) if nature is benign
(b) if her brother would enjoy life in Tinker Creek
(c) if there are fish in the creek
(d) the mountains around her

4. In Chapter 3, Dillard stalks a bird along the iced over creek. What kind of bird was it?
(a) duck
(b) coot
(c) blue jay
(d) robin

5. When Dillard moves from describing details of creation to trying to understand more about creation what is she doing?
(a) moving from logic to mysticism
(b) getting a little strange
(c) moving from what to why
(d) trying to think too much

6. Dillard believes that, with indifference, nature hides what?
(a) wonders from the eye
(b) waterfalls
(c) butterflies
(d) the agony of prey and hunter

7. What does the author say the future is?
(a) a wind coming from the east
(b) baby birds who have just hatched
(c) light on the water and a spirit
(d) a cricket's song on a sultry night

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

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

10. Where does Dillard makes a pilgrimage to every month?
(a) to visit her mother in another state
(b) the small town a few miles away
(c) the the local church
(d) the island that bisects Tinker Creek

11. Dillard says the agnostic asks who created the universe. What does a believer ask?
(a) why was the universe created
(b) who is God
(c) why am I in the universe
(d) what role does man play

12. 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) humans would all live around the tree
(c) the world would cease to exist
(d) all creatures would travel to touch it in order to feel secure

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

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

15. 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

Short Answer Questions

1. How long can a horsehair worm grow?

2. Why did Xerxes stop the advance of his entire army?

3. How do ladybugs hibernate?

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

5. Chlorophyll has a single atom of what substance in the center?

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