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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. 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 lay eggs and then go into deep water for the rest of their lives
(c) they mate with other eels then return to the fresh water
(d) they lay their eggs and then die

4. What do the Eskimos do with the greens in their prey's stomach?
(a) they never look in the stomach
(b) eat them
(c) throw them in the ocean
(d) feed them to their dogs

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

6. When Richmond loses electricity Dillard says something happened at the governor's mansion. What?
(a) one bulb in the governor's mansion continues to glow
(b) the security alarm quit working
(c) the basement is destroyed
(d) the first floor is flooded

7. What does Dillard believe about the death of the self?
(a) it would take a lifetime
(b) it is painless
(c) it is a part of life
(d) it is a type of transformation

8. How did the Romans use the horns of the altar?
(a) used to move the altar
(b) they'd grasp the horns and swear by them
(c) to tie their goats to which worshipping
(d) to kill geese with

9. What does the author think about the price of fish?
(a) they cost more than beef
(b) fish are free for anyone to gather from the waters
(c) the price is high due to overfishing
(d) they're a cheap source of protein

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

11. How does the author see the violence in the natural world?
(a) as inevitable
(b) as something that needs changed
(c) as a mistake God made
(d) as a symbolic sacrifice

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

13. When ancient Hebrews sacrificed an animal to their god, how did they use the horns?
(a) poured blood into the horns
(b) they didn't use them
(c) to cage the animal
(d) to strenthen the altar for a larger animal

14. When Dillard becomes motionless in watching for a muskrat, what does she do?
(a) she breaths deep
(b) she sits
(c) she holds her breath
(d) she calms herself and sinks down into her center

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Dillard believes that if she waits patiently with no anticipation of what is to come, this will happen.

2. What does Dillard say is the driving force after reproduction in the animal kingdom?

3. At the end of the book, Dillard walks with two words in her mind. What are they?

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

5. What would Dillard term passive pursuit of animals?

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