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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Dillard wrote, "the present is fleet." What did she mean by this statement?
(a) there is no present
(b) the present is like a group of ships
(c) the present is the future
(d) the present goes by so quick one can barely glimpse it

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

4. In Chapter 3, Dillard stalks a bird along the iced over creek. What kind of bird was it?
(a) robin
(b) duck
(c) coot
(d) blue jay

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

6. 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 has created God
(c) God has created much, if not all, of creation in jest
(d) nature is a God unto itself

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

8. What did the animal in question #1 often leave on Dillard's nightgown?
(a) a dead mouse
(b) bloody, rose-shaped paw prints
(c) cat hairs
(d) wet, slimy mud off his paws

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

10. When Dillard is looking at a stream, where does she look?
(a) at the water going over the rocks
(b) on the north bank
(c) in the center of the water
(d) she always looks upstream

11. What does the author say the future is?
(a) a wind coming from the east
(b) a cricket's song on a sultry night
(c) light on the water and a spirit
(d) baby birds who have just hatched

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

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

14. Dillard sees so much in the natural world which seems paradoxical. Why?
(a) she saw beauty side by side with horrors
(b) because large trees would block the sun from smaller ones
(c) because half the day had sun, half did not
(d) because the same plant could heal you or kill you

15. Dillard writes that she is an avid collector of what?
(a) strange insects
(b) feathers
(c) facts and ideas
(d) snake skins

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Dillard think of Tinker Creek in the first chapter?

2. What sport does the author play come spring?

3. Why did Xerxes stop the advance of his entire army?

4. If you remove the answer in question #86 from chlorophyll, you create a molecule of what?

5. Where does Dillard makes a pilgrimage to every month?

(see the answer keys)

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