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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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

3. What does the animal in question #1 do to to get Dillard's attention?
(a) bats her leg with his paw
(b) jumps in through the open window and climbs on Dillard's chest
(c) knocks her glasses off onto the floor
(d) meows loudly

4. What causes most insects' behavior?
(a) external stimuli
(b) the structure of their exoskeleton
(c) innate programming
(d) imitating parents

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

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

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

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

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

10. 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) what role does man play
(d) why am I in the universe

11. How does Dillard believe the seeking of God takes place?
(a) Singing in the shower
(b) the seeking of God is a continuous loop, which never ends
(c) God is in nature
(d) God is everywhere but the best place to seek is in church

12. Why did Dillard name this chapter "Seeing?"
(a) because she believes to see she has to understand
(b) she knows that to discover and understand she must be able to see
(c) because she has found out some blind people regain their sight
(d) because she discusses the loss of sight

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

14. In Chapter 4 what does Dillard use for controlling garden insects?
(a) ladybugs
(b) praying mantises
(c) bats
(d) frogs

15. Why did Xerxes stop the advance of his entire army?
(a) to cut a path through a dense forest
(b) to meditate on the beauty of a sycamore tree
(c) to watch a beautiful sunset
(d) to get ready to attack the Greeks

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Before a baby can distinguish objects, what kind does it prefer?

3. How does Dillard visualize the present?

4. Dillard believes that, with indifference, nature hides what?

5. What is the literal act of seeing?

(see the answer keys)

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