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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 plankton
(c) the bee hives in the field
(d) the creek bed
2. What does the author think the existence of parasites makes the world?
(a) more real
(c) a horrible place
(d) nothing, parasites don't affect the world
3. In Chapter 13, the author is beginning to find a balance in her thinking about nature. What is that balance?
(a) a balance between believing nature to be good or evil
(b) a balance between believing nature to be either terrible or wonderful
(c) a balance between believing nature to be better than cities or not
(d) a balance between believing nature to be for animals or humans
4. What did a Russian botanist discover about locusts?
(a) locusts are merely grasshoppers under stress
(b) locusts have too many babies
(c) locusts will eat other insects
(d) locusts breed in the water
5. How long does the migration of monarchs continue?
(a) five days
(b) most of the fall
(c) a month
(d) a week
6. When Dillard comes upon a rooting acorn, she imagines what?
(a) a giant oak, two hundred years from then
(b) an squirrel grabbing the acorn and ending its fragile life
(c) reaching down to root and its shoot springing towards the heavens
(d) the acorn burying itself to come to life in the spring
7. What does the author see as somewhat synonymous with the creator, or God?
(b) the sun
8. Fecundity could be defined as:
(a) prolific in offspring
(b) wasteful of resources
(c) always hungry
(d) a type of fat
9. How does Dillard finally reconcile a kind, loving creator with the carnage she observes in the natural world?
(a) by reinterpreting the meaning of death
(b) by realizing there is no creator
(c) by realizing she's not smart enough to understand
(d) by putting it out of her mind
10. Why would Dillard say some trees are like body builders?
(a) they can hold up a lot of weight
(b) some trees are capable of splitting and lifting boulders weighing more than a ton
(c) they keep adding to their limbs,
(d) their body is so
11. How did early man view locusts?
(a) as the harbringer of a natural disaster
(b) as a visitation from heaven
(c) as a plague sent by the devil
(d) locusts were thought to be a plague sent by God
12. What does the term the term "northing" mean?
(a) the name the Eskimoes use for themselves
(b) denotes traveling in a northerly direction
(c) someone who lives near the artic circle
(d) types of birds that don't migrate
13. 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
14. Dillard says that if plants had emotions, she would applaud this:
(a) their ability to fly in the teeth of it all
(b) their ability to tolerate other life forms
(c) their kindness
(d) their willingness to live in harmony
15. What serves as a catalyst to ready the birds for migration?
(a) the leaves turning colors
(b) lack of flowers in the landscape
(c) catepillers making cocoons
(d) the fall air
Short Answer Questions
1. When Dillard scrapes the outer coating from a monarch's wing, what is left?
2. Ultimately, at the end of the book, what is Dillard's overwhelming feeling?
3. In Chapter 13, Dillard is still obsessed about nature. In what way?
4. What does Dillard believe the flood shows about nature?
5. What do the Eskimos do with the greens in their prey's stomach?
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