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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 eggs and then go into deep water for the rest of their lives
(b) they have offspring and bring them back in two years
(c) they mate with other eels then return to the fresh water
(d) they lay their eggs and then die

2. What would Dillard term passive pursuit of animals?
(a) going to a zoo
(b) going on a camera safari
(c) watching Animal Planet
(d) watching animals from the bridge over the creek

3. What does the principle of indeterminacy invalidate?
(a) that hummingbirds can sit still
(b) that light travels in a circle
(c) that the moon causes the tides
(d) the notion of cause and effect

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

5. 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 would fight on the front lines in any battle
(b) she'd pick up a wild animal that might bite her
(c) she'd bleed to pick a rose
(d) she would rather live life to its fullest even if it means being in danger

6. What does the author see as somewhat synonymous with the creator, or God?
(a) humans
(b) the sun
(c) energy
(d) nature

7. When Dillard discovers so much violence and horror in the natural world, how does she feel?
(a) disillusioned as to the goodness of creation and the creator
(b) depressed that the world was created so
(c) confused because it seems contradictory to logic
(d) relieved that insects are killed in such large numbers

8. What does Dillard say is the driving force after reproduction in the animal kingdom?
(a) knowing God
(b) protecting the young
(c) having a nice place to live
(d) finding food

9. What would Dillard suggest for food instead of creature eating creature?
(a) manna
(b) bread and water
(c) everyone being vegetarians
(d) no one needing food at all

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

11. What could happen if the caribou migrate out of the Eskimo's range?
(a) the polar bears will follow the herds
(b) remote Eskimo tribes can starve
(c) they won't get culled and will overpopulate
(d) the Eskimos won't have enough fur for coats

12. What did a Russian botanist discover about locusts?
(a) locusts are merely grasshoppers under stress
(b) locusts will eat other insects
(c) locusts have too many babies
(d) locusts breed in the water

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

14. Who does Dillard says stalk caribou herds for days?
(a) wolves
(b) Eskimos
(c) mountain lions
(d) polar bears

15. What does the term the term "northing" mean?
(a) someone who lives near the artic circle
(b) types of birds that don't migrate
(c) denotes traveling in a northerly direction
(d) the name the Eskimoes use for themselves

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Dillard believe about the death of the self?

2. How did the Romans use the horns of the altar?

3. In this book the author is not only striving to understand the natural world, but to understand this acceptance:

4. When Dillard scrapes the outer coating from a monarch's wing, what is left?

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

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