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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Believing natural disasters were sent by God is an example of what?
(a) not having a good science background
(b) having faith
(c) not understanding God
(d) applying a spiritual interpretation to a natural phenomenon

2. What does the author think about fish?
(a) they are rather dumb water inhabitants
(b) they are fairly clean food
(c) they are quiet animals
(d) they are spirit food

3. What does Dillard see as the difference between a parasite and a predator?
(a) nothing they're both bad
(b) it's easier to pick out the predator
(c) at least one has a fighting chance when up against a predator
(d) the predator is more honest

4. What is the other type of poisonous snake besides the answer in #139, that lives around the creek area?
(a) cotton mouth
(b) timber rattler
(c) coral snake
(d) side winder

5. What does the author think about as she watches the flood waters?
(a) the well won't run dry for a while
(b) the waters are very powerful
(c) surf's up
(d) what the animals do in a flood

6. What does the author think the existence of parasites makes the world?
(a) unstable
(b) more real
(c) nothing, parasites don't affect the world
(d) a horrible place

7. Dillard believes that few humans have been as cruel as what, in the natural world?
(a) hurricanes which kill plants and animals
(b) sharks that will eat almost anything
(c) bugs who eat their prey live
(d) the female preying mantis

8. In this book the author is not only striving to understand the natural world, but to understand this acceptance:
(a) the interplay of life and death
(b) humankind's place in the world
(c) the meaning of acceptance
(d) the creator behind that world

9. Silvery eels swim to the sea after eight years of maturing in obscure creeks and rivers. What happens to them at the sea?
(a) they lay their eggs and then die
(b) they lay eggs and then go into deep water for the rest of their lives
(c) they have offspring and bring them back in two years
(d) they mate with other eels then return to the fresh water

10. What do the Eskimos do with the greens in their prey's stomach?
(a) feed them to their dogs
(b) eat them
(c) throw them in the ocean
(d) they never look in the stomach

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

12. Fecundity could be defined as:
(a) always hungry
(b) wasteful of resources
(c) a type of fat
(d) prolific in offspring

13. What does Dillard see as the price of life?
(a) having to work constantly for food
(b) being eaten by a greater predator
(c) lack of control
(d) death

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

15. Ultimately, at the end of the book, what is Dillard's overwhelming feeling?
(a) puzzlement
(b) joy
(c) depression
(d) anger

Short Answer Questions

1. What is a towhee?

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

3. When Dillard saw migrating Canadian geese fly, speeding across the duck pond, what did she think?

4. When a mosquito bites a snake, what happens?

5. What are the "horns of the altar?"

(see the answer keys)

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