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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What is necessary in order for the the gooseneck barnacle to reproduce?
(a) it must find a wrecked ship not more than one-half mile down
(b) it must find a certain type of seaweed to cling to
(c) it must find any piece of debris to cling to in the middle of the ocean
(d) it must find water of an exact salinity
2. For wild animals, Dillards sees enduring parasitic invasions as what?
(a) a way for animals to die
(b) the cost of life
(c) as a blessing
(d) something deadly
3. What would Dillard suggest for food instead of creature eating creature?
(a) everyone being vegetarians
(c) bread and water
(d) no one needing food at all
4. In Chapter 13, Dillard spies a snake. What kind is it?
(a) a black snake
(b) a brown water snake
(c) a coral snake
(d) a copperhead
5. 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 have offspring and bring them back in two years
(b) they mate with other eels then return to the fresh water
(c) they lay their eggs and then die
(d) they lay eggs and then go into deep water for the rest of their lives
6. How does a young muskrat get fed?
(a) it gets plankton fromt he water
(b) the mother brings it mouthfuls of grass
(c) it eats small insects
(d) it eats birds eggs
7. Dillard suggests that the physical world is "all touch and go." What does she mean by this?
(a) death is easy
(b) things happen really fast
(c) life is uncertain
(d) time doesn't wait for anyone
8. At the end of the book, Dillard walks with two words in her mind. What are they?
(a) yes and no
(b) good and evil
(c) life and death
(d) glory and amen
9. 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
10. When Dillard scrapes the outer coating from a monarch's wing, what is left?
(a) a thin, translucent membrane, crisscrossed with black lines
(b) a pale pink membrane
(c) nothing, the wings are too fragile to scrape
(d) the wings are the same color the whole way through
11. What does the author think about the price of fish?
(a) they're a cheap source of protein
(b) fish are free for anyone to gather from the waters
(c) the price is high due to overfishing
(d) they cost more than beef
12. What could happen if the caribou migrate out of the Eskimo's range?
(a) the polar bears will follow the herds
(b) they won't get culled and will overpopulate
(c) the Eskimos won't have enough fur for coats
(d) remote Eskimo tribes can starve
13. How much impact on any of the creatures, mountains, or creek around her does the author think she has?
(a) as much as any other creature
(b) she has no impact at all
(c) too much
(d) very little
14. What principle has lead many physicists to mysticism?
(a) the theory of relativity
(b) the answer to question #128
(c) the answer to question 44
(d) the answer to question 67
15. How did the Romans use the horns of the altar?
(a) to kill geese with
(b) to tie their goats to which worshipping
(c) they'd grasp the horns and swear by them
(d) used to move the altar
Short Answer Questions
1. What is the other type of poisonous snake besides the answer in #139, that lives around the creek area?
2. When do Eskimos hunt caribou?
3. What does Dillard find out about muskrats and humans?
4. Dillard believes that few humans have been as cruel as what, in the natural world?
5. The development of science leads to what, according to the author?
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