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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. In Chapter 14, what have arrived in swarm from the Hudson Bay area?
(a) monarch butterflies
(b) lunar moths
(d) house wrens
2. The balance enables her to think about the beauty without doing what?
(a) making all of nature good
(b) making all of nature bad
(c) wanting to move to a large city and never be in nature again
(d) constantly remember the aspects of nature which she finds ugly
3. What percentage of insects are parasites?
(a) forty percent
(b) ten percent
(c) thirty percent
(d) five percent
4. In Chapter 13, Dillard quotes Van Gogh. What did she quote?
(a) the important thing is to breathe
(b) it's important to see
(c) life is not pretty
(d) life is not art
5. What could happen if the caribou migrate out of the Eskimo's range?
(a) the polar bears will follow the herds
(b) the Eskimos won't have enough fur for coats
(c) remote Eskimo tribes can starve
(d) they won't get culled and will overpopulate
6. When Dillard saw migrating Canadian geese fly, speeding across the duck pond, what did she think?
(a) that she'd never seen so many large birds together
(b) that she has never witnessed such energetic movement
(c) that she should think about going south for the winter
(d) that it was time to get wood for the winter
7. Dillard believes that few humans have been as cruel as what, in the natural world?
(a) bugs who eat their prey live
(b) hurricanes which kill plants and animals
(c) sharks that will eat almost anything
(d) the female preying mantis
8. Dillard suggests that the physical world is "all touch and go." What does she mean by this?
(a) death is easy
(b) life is uncertain
(c) time doesn't wait for anyone
(d) things happen really fast
9. What does Dillard mean when she says she's willing to sacrifice a little blood in order to be "in the thick of things?"
(a) she'd pick up a wild animal that might bite her
(b) she'd bleed to pick a rose
(c) she would rather live life to its fullest even if it means being in danger
(d) she would fight on the front lines in any battle
10. For wild animals, Dillards sees enduring parasitic invasions as what?
(a) a way for animals to die
(b) the cost of life
(c) something deadly
(d) as a blessing
11. What has Dillard decided is the meaning of death?
(a) a way to join the creator
(b) it must happen or the earth could not sustain everything
(c) one merely joins the earth at death
(d) a journey to a far land
12. Dillard is sometimes allowed one brief glimpse of a creature. What does she call these glimpses?
(a) a gift of abundance
(b) an act of fate
(c) pure good luck
(d) her destiny
13. What does Dillard find out about muskrats and humans?
(a) if a muskrat is aware of human's presence, it will not appear
(b) they eat the same foods
(c) they're both nocturnal
(d) they both like water
14. What does the author believe about the difference between abundant plant life and abundant insect life?
(a) abundant insect life is healthier for the earth
(b) the proliferation of plant life, does not disturb humans the way an overabundance of insects do
(c) insects will always outnumber plants
(d) plants would be more abundant without insects
15. What does the author think about the price of fish?
(a) fish are free for anyone to gather from the waters
(b) they cost more than beef
(c) the price is high due to overfishing
(d) they're a cheap source of protein
Short Answer Questions
1. What does the author think about as she watches the flood waters?
2. How much impact on any of the creatures, mountains, or creek around her does the author think she has?
3. In Chapter 13, Dillard spies a snake. What kind is it?
4. In Chapter 9 Dillard is uneasy and hears what seems to be gunshots. What did she actually hear?
5. In this book the author is not only striving to understand the natural world, but to understand this acceptance:
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