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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. What does the author believe separates humans from their creator and humans from each other?
(a) self-consciousness
(b) fear
(c) hate
(d) indifference

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

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

7. What is it about weather that Dillard believes is a phenomena worth writing about?
(a) whether ancient people talked about the weather
(b) how often the modern weather predictions are wrong
(c) talking about the weather is one of seven or eight phenomena worth discussing
(d) how often the modern weather predictions are right

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

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

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

11. How do blind people who suddenly gain sight usually see objects at first?
(a) as black and white
(b) as all gray
(c) as bigger than they really are
(d) as patches of colored light

12. In Chapter 7 who gravitates towards the circle on the bottom of Dillard's fishbowl?
(a) the biggest goldfish
(b) a scavenger fish
(c) baby tadpoles
(d) light-loving plankton

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

14. How does Dillard see time?
(a) as an arrow through space
(b) as a maze of days
(c) as being too long when waiting
(d) as a continuous loop or an ascending spiral

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What about the creek creates healing sounds?

2. What is Dillard illustrating in her story about the Polyphemus moth from her childhood?

3. How do ladybugs hibernate?

4. Even though she is no scientist, what did Dillard decide she will do in her valley?

5. What does the animal in question #1 do to to get Dillard's attention?

(see the answer keys)

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