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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why did Indians used grooved arrows?
(a) so they were lighter to carry around
(b) it made them more accurate
(c) the hunter could follow the trail of blood that flows down the groove
(d) so they would fly farther

2. What does Dillard believe about nature and change?
(a) change in nature is sporatic and unpredictable
(b) nature changes quickly
(c) nature is constantly changing
(d) nature does not change, or changes extremely slow

3. What does Dillard think is the reason for so many forms of insects?
(a) because they are hard to kill
(b) insects mutate easily
(c) they each specialize in something
(d) it is nature experimenting

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

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

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

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

8. Generally, what will praying mantises eat?
(a) they will eat anything small enough for it to capture - even tiny garter snakes
(b) they eat tree roots
(c) they eat flower petals
(d) they will eat the leaves off of trees

9. What does Dillard find out when she takes her first course in French?
(a) it's more difficult than Spanish
(b) French sounds better than English
(c) she realizes that she will have to learn French word by word
(d) she has no aptitude for languages

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

11. What about the creek creates healing sounds?
(a) the sound of frogs jumping into the water
(b) the lap of the water against the bank
(c) the sound of fish jumping at dusk
(d) the creek is sprinkled with large rocks, which enliven the water

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

13. How long does it take a tree to recreate ninety-nine percent of its living parts?
(a) one year
(b) a lifetime
(c) twenty-five years
(d) thirty days

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How are ladybugs shipped to gardeners?

2. What does Dillard say is the way to tell winter has arrived?

3. According to Dillard, the "simple" is transformed by evolution into what?

4. Why did Dillard name this chapter "Seeing?"

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

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