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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where are the answer to #163 going?
(a) to the south
(b) to Tinker Creek
(c) to the ocean
(d) to California

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

3. In Chapter 13, Dillard quotes Van Gogh. What did she quote?
(a) life is not pretty
(b) it's important to see
(c) life is not art
(d) the important thing is to breathe

4. Ultimately, at the end of the book, what is Dillard's overwhelming feeling?
(a) puzzlement
(b) anger
(c) joy
(d) depression

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

6. Dillard says that if plants had emotions, she would applaud this:
(a) their ability to tolerate other life forms
(b) their kindness
(c) their willingness to live in harmony
(d) their ability to fly in the teeth of it all

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

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

9. When Dillard scrapes the outer coating from a monarch's wing, what is left?
(a) the wings are the same color the whole way through
(b) a pale pink membrane
(c) nothing, the wings are too fragile to scrape
(d) a thin, translucent membrane, crisscrossed with black lines

10. When Dillard saw migrating Canadian geese fly, speeding across the duck pond, what did she think?
(a) that it was time to get wood for the winter
(b) that she'd never seen so many large birds together
(c) that she should think about going south for the winter
(d) that she has never witnessed such energetic movement

11. What serves as a catalyst to ready the birds for migration?
(a) the fall air
(b) catepillers making cocoons
(c) the leaves turning colors
(d) lack of flowers in the landscape

12. How would Dillard like to see death?
(a) as a mean part of creation
(b) as another journey
(c) as benign
(d) as something to embrace

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

14. What does Dillard believe is destroyed in the flood?
(a) the plankton
(b) a beaver's dam
(c) the creek bed
(d) the bee hives in the field

15. How did early man view locusts?
(a) as the harbringer of a natural disaster
(b) locusts were thought to be a plague sent by God
(c) as a visitation from heaven
(d) as a plague sent by the devil

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What did a Russian botanist discover about locusts?

3. In Chapter 13, the author is beginning to find a balance in her thinking about nature. What is that balance?

4. When moving towards a muskrat, how does one keep from scaring it?

5. What is a towhee?

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