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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In addition to form and texture, what does the author believe influences beauty?
(a) time of day
(b) time
(c) color
(d) perception

2. Who does Dillard think gravitates towards the field of botany?
(a) truly ethical thinkers
(b) those who don't like people
(c) people who were raised in rural areas
(d) no one in particular

3. What is Dillard illustrating in her story about the Polyphemus moth from her childhood?
(a) the indifference humans often exhibit towards the natural world
(b) kids are cruel
(c) moths have to spread their weeks when born
(d) she has a good memory

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

5. What does Dillard say hinders people from experiencing the now?
(a) humans don't like to be in the now
(b) humans are always looking into the future
(c) there is no now
(d) being too aware of self, rather than the moment

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

7. How were Starlings are introduced to America from Europe?
(a) they came in on a boat from England
(b) they were sold as pets to a Virginian family
(c) they came over with a European circus
(d) by a man who wanted all the birds mentioned in Shakespeare to be present in America

8. In Chapter 5 Dillard writes about finding a snake. What appeared peculiar about the snake?
(a) it had two heads
(b) it was pure white
(c) it had a outer and inner skin
(d) it was tied in a knot

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

10. How do ladybugs hibernate?
(a) ladybugs hibernate in large masses
(b) ladybugs hide beneath the bark on trees
(c) ladybugs die off in winter
(d) ladybugs hibernate under the roots of trees

11. 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

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

13. What does Dillard suggest is a similarity between her and plankton?
(a) they are both unaware of what they're doing
(b) they both live in or near Tinker Creek
(c) they both live alone
(d) they both carry stuff on their back

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Generally, what will praying mantises eat?

2. What sport does the author play come spring?

3. How do honey bees survive the cold of winter?

4. What does the author see as an active mystery?

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

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