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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What does the author think about as she watches the flood waters?
(a) what the animals do in a flood
(b) the waters are very powerful
(c) the well won't run dry for a while
(d) surf's up
2. When moving towards a muskrat, how does one keep from scaring it?
(a) lay down and crawl on your belly
(b) walk in the water
(c) move when the muskrat's head is turned away from your direction
(d) sit still and hold your breath
3. The previous year, what did Hurricane Agnes do in the area?
(a) it missed the area, so it did nothing
(b) blew a tree down on top of Dillard's cabin
(c) wiped out all the flowers in the area
(d) dumped enormous amounts of rain
4. When a mosquito bites a snake, what happens?
(a) the mosquito dies from the snake blood
(b) mosquitoes carry snake blood to other animals
(c) nothing, mosquitoes feed on snakes
(d) the mosquito lays its eggs under the scales
5. In Chapter 14, Dillard quotes a fifth century Egyptian mystic as saying what?
(a) go and sit in your cell, and your cell will teach you everything
(b) fall is the splash of color before the white of winter
(c) winter gives rest, as spring energy
(d) meditate outside and you will know the outside
6. Dillard says that if plants had emotions, she would applaud this:
(a) their willingness to live in harmony
(b) their ability to tolerate other life forms
(c) their ability to fly in the teeth of it all
(d) their kindness
7. What does Dillard believe the flood shows about nature?
(a) nature doesn't like humans
(b) it's destructive
(c) nature can't be controlled
(d) the effusiveness of creation
8. Dillard believes that few humans have been as cruel as what, in the natural world?
(a) sharks that will eat almost anything
(b) the female preying mantis
(c) bugs who eat their prey live
(d) hurricanes which kill plants and animals
9. What has Dillard decided is the meaning of death?
(a) a journey to a far land
(b) it must happen or the earth could not sustain everything
(c) a way to join the creator
(d) one merely joins the earth at death
10. Fecundity could be defined as:
(a) a type of fat
(b) wasteful of resources
(c) always hungry
(d) prolific in offspring
11. When ancient Hebrews sacrificed an animal to their god, how did they use the horns?
(a) poured blood into the horns
(b) to cage the animal
(c) to strenthen the altar for a larger animal
(d) they didn't use them
12. How long does the migration of monarchs continue?
(a) a month
(b) a week
(c) most of the fall
(d) five days
13. In Chapter 13, Dillard is still obsessed about nature. In what way?
(a) about the beauty of an oak leaf
(b) about the rain and the sound of water
(c) about humans destroying nature
(d) against the seeming cruelty of nature
14. What would Dillard suggest for food instead of creature eating creature?
(a) everyone being vegetarians
(b) bread and water
(d) no one needing food at all
15. What does Dillard believe is destroyed in the flood?
(a) the creek bed
(b) the plankton
(c) a beaver's dam
(d) the bee hives in the field
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Dillard think the butterflies smell like?
2. In Chapter 9 Dillard is uneasy and hears what seems to be gunshots. What did she actually hear?
3. In Chapter 14, what have arrived in swarm from the Hudson Bay area?
4. When Dillard saw migrating Canadian geese fly, speeding across the duck pond, what did she think?
5. Dillard says if nature is not monstrous, then why does it appear that way to humans?
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