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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How much of life which has ever been created, is living at the present time?
(a) 80 percent of all life ever created still exist
(b) around 45 percent
(c) about half
(d) about ten percent

2. Why do birds sing?
(a) to signal to other birds
(b) to praise the sun
(c) scientists really do not know why birds sing
(d) because they like to hear themselves

3. How do praying mantises mate?
(a) the male kills the female when done and takes over the eggs
(b) they mate like people
(c) the female lays eggs and the male comes by and fertilizes them
(d) A female will mate and devour up to seven male mantises

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. How are ladybugs shipped to gardeners?
(a) captured in nets and sedated with alcohol
(b) they are packed in soil and water
(c) the hibernating bugs are packed in boxes of pine cones
(d) they are shipped in the spring, the nests are shipped in one piece

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

7. Why do the male praying mantis come near the female?
(a) the female is bigger and stronger and makes him
(b) the male is born to be the mate of a certain femal
(c) the females have a long, whip-like appendage that grabs the male
(d) he has a chemical in his abdomen that encourages him

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

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

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

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

12. What does she realize is the best way to quiet her mind?
(a) by offering a nonchalant nod to the presence of words in the head
(b) taking a sleeping pill
(c) counting from 100 to zero backwards
(d) sitting quietly and breathing deeply

13. Why are starlings hated in the Tinker Creek area?
(a) they are smelly, messy, and noisy
(b) they eat all the worms and leave the ground bare
(c) they scare the children by flying around them
(d) they fly into houses and make nests

14. 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) being too aware of self, rather than the moment
(d) there is no now

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

Short Answer Questions

1. One branch of Jewish philosophy believes that part of the responsibility of humans is to do what?

2. If you could watch the unfolding through time of every thing that ever existed on Earth, what does Dillard say you would see?

3. How do mice reach the grain at the top of a stalk?

4. Dillard says the agnostic asks who created the universe. What does a believer ask?

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

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