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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How does the author see the violence in the natural world?
(a) as inevitable
(b) as a mistake God made
(c) as a symbolic sacrifice
(d) as something that needs changed

3. What makes birds harder to watch than insects?
(a) they are not often on the ground
(b) birds seem much more aware of their surroundings
(c) they fly faster
(d) there are less of them

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

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

6. The development of science leads to what, according to the author?
(a) new healing techniques
(b) a car that doesn't pollute
(c) technological advances
(d) mysticism

7. What is the "Principle of Indeterminacy?"
(a) the time of day cannot be determined from looking at the sky
(b) one cannot know how far a star is by looking at it
(c) one can not know both the velocity and the position of a particle
(d) it is not possible to determine the sex of a baby muskrat

8. At the end of the book, Dillard walks with two words in her mind. What are they?
(a) life and death
(b) glory and amen
(c) yes and no
(d) good and evil

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. What does the author believe about the difference between abundant plant life and abundant insect life?
(a) plants would be more abundant without insects
(b) abundant insect life is healthier for the earth
(c) insects will always outnumber plants
(d) the proliferation of plant life, does not disturb humans the way an overabundance of insects do

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

12. The balance enables her to think about the beauty without doing what?
(a) making all of nature bad
(b) making all of nature good
(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

13. Ultimately, what does Dillard say about predators or parasites?
(a) a predator can be infested with a parasite
(b) predators get parasites from their food
(c) it's eat or starve no matter who you are
(d) parasites are suicidal

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

15. What does Dillard believe about the death of the self?
(a) it would take a lifetime
(b) it is a part of life
(c) it is a type of transformation
(d) it is painless

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the author see as somewhat synonymous with the creator, or God?

2. Dillard believes that if she waits patiently with no anticipation of what is to come, this will happen.

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

4. What is the other type of poisonous snake besides the answer in #139, that lives around the creek area?

5. How did early man view locusts?

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