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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. In Chapter 10, what does Dillard see as making life easier?
(a) staying in a state of denial
(b) living in the city
(c) accepting that everything dies
(d) a lot of money
2. Who does Dillard says stalk caribou herds for days?
(c) polar bears
(d) mountain lions
3. Ultimately, what does Dillard say about predators or parasites?
(a) parasites are suicidal
(b) it's eat or starve no matter who you are
(c) a predator can be infested with a parasite
(d) predators get parasites from their food
4. Why would Dillard say some trees are like body builders?
(a) they keep adding to their limbs,
(b) some trees are capable of splitting and lifting boulders weighing more than a ton
(c) their body is so
(d) they can hold up a lot of weight
5. 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) it must happen or the earth could not sustain everything
(d) a way to join the creator
6. How does a young muskrat get fed?
(a) it eats birds eggs
(b) the mother brings it mouthfuls of grass
(c) it gets plankton fromt he water
(d) it eats small insects
7. Fecundity could be defined as:
(a) wasteful of resources
(b) prolific in offspring
(c) always hungry
(d) a type of fat
8. 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 has never witnessed such energetic movement
(c) that she'd never seen so many large birds together
(d) that she should think about going south for the winter
9. How did the Romans use the horns of the altar?
(a) to tie their goats to which worshipping
(b) they'd grasp the horns and swear by them
(c) to kill geese with
(d) used to move the altar
10. In Chapter 13, Dillard is still obsessed about nature. In what way?
(a) about the rain and the sound of water
(b) against the seeming cruelty of nature
(c) about the beauty of an oak leaf
(d) about humans destroying nature
11. 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) nature is logical, though a logic humans can't comprehend
(c) humans see only the bad
(d) humans can't see the big picture
12. 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
13. In Chapter 14, what have arrived in swarm from the Hudson Bay area?
(a) lunar moths
(c) house wrens
(d) monarch butterflies
14. What does Dillard say about the muskrat fur?
(a) it tends to be spotty
(b) they are the most popular fur animal in North America
(c) it's smelly when wet
(d) it's thin and of little use
15. What is necessary in order for the the gooseneck barnacle to reproduce?
(a) it must find a certain type of seaweed to cling to
(b) it must find any piece of debris to cling to in the middle of the ocean
(c) it must find water of an exact salinity
(d) it must find a wrecked ship not more than one-half mile down
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. Dillard believes that if she waits patiently with no anticipation of what is to come, this will happen.
4. In Chapter 9 Dillard is uneasy and hears what seems to be gunshots. What did she actually hear?
5. What does the author think the existence of parasites makes the world?
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