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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Dillard believe is destroyed in the flood?
(a) a beaver's dam
(b) the bee hives in the field
(c) the creek bed
(d) the plankton

2. When moving towards a muskrat, how does one keep from scaring it?
(a) walk in the water
(b) sit still and hold your breath
(c) lay down and crawl on your belly
(d) move when the muskrat's head is turned away from your direction

3. For wild animals, Dillards sees enduring parasitic invasions as what?
(a) the cost of life
(b) a way for animals to die
(c) as a blessing
(d) something deadly

4. How did the Romans use the horns of the altar?
(a) to tie their goats to which worshipping
(b) they'd grasp the horns and swear by them
(c) used to move the altar
(d) to kill geese with

5. What does Dillard think the butterflies smell like?
(a) Tinker Creek
(b) snow
(c) fall leaves
(d) honeysuckle

6. What has Dillard decided is the meaning of death?
(a) it must happen or the earth could not sustain everything
(b) a journey to a far land
(c) one merely joins the earth at death
(d) a way to join the creator

7. When ancient Hebrews sacrificed an animal to their god, how did they use the horns?
(a) they didn't use them
(b) to cage the animal
(c) to strenthen the altar for a larger animal
(d) poured blood into the horns

8. Eskimos believe it is a great honor to be incarnated as what?
(a) a blue whale
(b) a tiger
(c) a polar bear
(d) a human

9. How long does the migration of monarchs continue?
(a) five days
(b) a week
(c) a month
(d) most of the fall

10. What serves as a catalyst to ready the birds for migration?
(a) catepillers making cocoons
(b) the leaves turning colors
(c) lack of flowers in the landscape
(d) the fall air

11. Dillard suggests that the physical world is "all touch and go." What does she mean by this?
(a) death is easy
(b) time doesn't wait for anyone
(c) life is uncertain
(d) things happen really fast

12. How large might a root system for winter rye grass plant grow?
(a) one root that grows straight down for 100 yards
(b) 65 miles of roots and 2,000 miles of root hairs
(c) 378 miles of roots and 6,000 miles of root hairs
(d) a shallow system above ground spread for 15 acres

13. What is a towhee?
(a) a large bird
(b) a type of large rodent
(c) a type of domesticated parrot
(d) a brown and red snake

14. In Chapter 13, Dillard quotes Van Gogh. What did she quote?
(a) life is not pretty
(b) it's important to see
(c) the important thing is to breathe
(d) life is not art

15. What does Dillard believe the flood shows about nature?
(a) nature doesn't like humans
(b) the effusiveness of creation
(c) nature can't be controlled
(d) it's destructive

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Dillard mean when she says she's willing to sacrifice a little blood in order to be "in the thick of things?"

2. What would Dillard suggest for food instead of creature eating creature?

3. Dillard says if nature is not monstrous, then why does it appear that way to humans?

4. What lures birds of all species out of their summer hiding places?

5. When Richmond loses electricity Dillard says something happened at the governor's mansion. What?

(see the answer keys)

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