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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Dillard says if nature is not monstrous, then why does it appear that way to humans?
(a) it is human's emotional response to nature's illusory horrors
(b) humans see only the bad
(c) nature is logical, though a logic humans can't comprehend
(d) humans can't see the big picture

4. The balance enables her to think about the beauty without doing what?
(a) making all of nature good
(b) making all of nature bad
(c) constantly remember the aspects of nature which she finds ugly
(d) wanting to move to a large city and never be in nature again

5. In Chapter 9 Dillard is uneasy and hears what seems to be gunshots. What did she actually hear?
(a) a cap gun
(b) a motorcycle
(c) a garbage truck backfiring
(d) firecrackers

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

7. Why would Dillard say some trees are like body builders?
(a) they keep adding to their limbs,
(b) they can hold up a lot of weight
(c) some trees are capable of splitting and lifting boulders weighing more than a ton
(d) their body is so

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

9. For wild animals, Dillards sees enduring parasitic invasions as what?
(a) something deadly
(b) the cost of life
(c) as a blessing
(d) a way for animals to die

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

11. Fecundity could be defined as:
(a) a type of fat
(b) prolific in offspring
(c) wasteful of resources
(d) always hungry

12. What lures birds of all species out of their summer hiding places?
(a) a wet rain
(b) seeds sprinkled on the ground
(c) a cold snap
(d) a cloudy day

13. In Chapter 14, what have arrived in swarm from the Hudson Bay area?
(a) house wrens
(b) lunar moths
(c) sparrows
(d) monarch butterflies

14. How does Dillard finally reconcile a kind, loving creator with the carnage she observes in the natural world?
(a) by realizing there is no creator
(b) by putting it out of her mind
(c) by realizing she's not smart enough to understand
(d) by reinterpreting the meaning of death

15. Dillard believes that few humans have been as cruel as what, in the natural world?
(a) the female preying mantis
(b) bugs who eat their prey live
(c) hurricanes which kill plants and animals
(d) sharks that will eat almost anything

Short Answer Questions

1. How did early man view locusts?

2. In Chapter 10, what does Dillard see as making life easier?

3. What principle has lead many physicists to mysticism?

4. What does the author think about the price of fish?

5. In Chapter 13, Dillard spies a snake. What kind is it?

(see the answer keys)

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