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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What does Dillard find out about muskrats and humans?
(a) they eat the same foods
(b) they're both nocturnal
(c) if a muskrat is aware of human's presence, it will not appear
(d) they both like water
2. What does the term the term "northing" mean?
(a) types of birds that don't migrate
(b) denotes traveling in a northerly direction
(c) someone who lives near the artic circle
(d) the name the Eskimoes use for themselves
3. How does Dillard finally reconcile a kind, loving creator with the carnage she observes in the natural world?
(a) by realizing she's not smart enough to understand
(b) by reinterpreting the meaning of death
(c) by putting it out of her mind
(d) by realizing there is no creator
4. What is the "Principle of Indeterminacy?"
(a) one can not know both the velocity and the position of a particle
(b) it is not possible to determine the sex of a baby muskrat
(c) one cannot know how far a star is by looking at it
(d) the time of day cannot be determined from looking at the sky
5. What does Dillard believe the flood shows about nature?
(a) it's destructive
(b) nature can't be controlled
(c) nature doesn't like humans
(d) the effusiveness of creation
6. Dillard says if nature is not monstrous, then why does it appear that way to humans?
(a) humans can't see the big picture
(b) humans see only the bad
(c) it is human's emotional response to nature's illusory horrors
(d) nature is logical, though a logic humans can't comprehend
7. Believing natural disasters were sent by God is an example of what?
(a) not having a good science background
(b) applying a spiritual interpretation to a natural phenomenon
(c) not understanding God
(d) having faith
8. What does Dillard say about the muskrat fur?
(a) it tends to be spotty
(b) it's smelly when wet
(c) it's thin and of little use
(d) they are the most popular fur animal in North America
9. What does Dillard see as the difference between a parasite and a predator?
(a) at least one has a fighting chance when up against a predator
(b) it's easier to pick out the predator
(c) the predator is more honest
(d) nothing they're both bad
10. When moving towards a muskrat, how does one keep from scaring it?
(a) lay down and crawl on your belly
(b) move when the muskrat's head is turned away from your direction
(c) walk in the water
(d) sit still and hold your breath
11. What percentage of insects are parasites?
(a) thirty percent
(b) five percent
(c) forty percent
(d) ten percent
12. How did the Romans use the horns of the altar?
(a) used to move the altar
(b) to kill geese with
(c) to tie their goats to which worshipping
(d) they'd grasp the horns and swear by them
13. In Chapter 14, Dillard quotes a fifth century Egyptian mystic as saying what?
(a) go and sit in your cell, and your cell will teach you everything
(b) fall is the splash of color before the white of winter
(c) winter gives rest, as spring energy
(d) meditate outside and you will know the outside
14. Dillard says that if plants had emotions, she would applaud this:
(a) their kindness
(b) their ability to fly in the teeth of it all
(c) their willingness to live in harmony
(d) their ability to tolerate other life forms
15. What does Dillard believe about the death of the self?
(a) it is a type of transformation
(b) it is a part of life
(c) it is painless
(d) it would take a lifetime
Short Answer Questions
1. When Dillard becomes motionless in watching for a muskrat, what does she do?
2. In this book the author is not only striving to understand the natural world, but to understand this acceptance:
3. What would Dillard suggest for food instead of creature eating creature?
4. In Chapter 14, what have arrived in swarm from the Hudson Bay area?
5. What does the author think the existence of parasites makes the world?
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