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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Dillard see as a passive mystery?
(a) if nature is benign
(b) if there are fish in the creek
(c) if her brother would enjoy life in Tinker Creek
(d) the mountains around her

2. If there were only one tree in the world, what would happen, according to the author?
(a) there would not be enough oxygen to breath
(b) the world would cease to exist
(c) all creatures would travel to touch it in order to feel secure
(d) humans would all live around the tree

3. She claims the ability to see what is hidden is what?
(a) fate
(b) a piece of luck
(c) a gift
(d) a special talent

4. Dillard says that a particular object remains unseen until what happens?
(a) one's attention is focused on it
(b) a light is turned on
(c) it moves
(d) the name of the object is known

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

6. If you could watch the unfolding through time of every thing that ever existed on Earth, what does Dillard say you would see?
(a) destruction and fear
(b) upheaval and violence
(c) joy
(d) an endless tempest of beauty

7. After she examines the snake skin closely, what does she figure out?
(a) she realizes that the snake had turned parts of the skin inside out, making it appear as though the skin is in a knot
(b) it was alive
(c) it was not real
(d) it was not a snake but a long, skinny lizard

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

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

10. 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 small town a few miles away
(d) the the local church

11. According to Dillard, how is the past healed?
(a) by focusing on the future
(b) by meditating on forgiveness
(c) if one stays in the present, the past is healed
(d) by ignoring it

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 2, Dillard talks of a game she played where she would hide what?

2. In Chapter 4 what does Dillard use for controlling garden insects?

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

4. When Dillard raps on the goldfish bowl, what does the fish do?

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

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