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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Dillard find out about muskrats and humans?
(a) if a muskrat is aware of human's presence, it will not appear
(b) they're both nocturnal
(c) they eat the same foods
(d) they both like water

2. After the butterflies finally leave, how does the sky seem to the author?
(a) empty
(b) like normal
(c) big and never ending
(d) barren of color

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

4. Dillard believes that if she waits patiently with no anticipation of what is to come, this will happen.
(a) she will be at peace
(b) she will be enlightened
(c) when something does come, it will bowl her over
(d) she will see any animal she wants to see

5. How long does the migration of monarchs continue?
(a) a month
(b) most of the fall
(c) five days
(d) a week

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

7. What are the "horns of the altar?"
(a) the center
(b) the edges
(c) the part of the altar that holds the banner
(d) the four corners of an altar

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

9. 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 lay eggs and then go into deep water for the rest of their lives
(b) they mate with other eels then return to the fresh water
(c) they lay their eggs and then die
(d) they have offspring and bring them back in two years

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

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

12. The previous year, what did Hurricane Agnes do in the area?
(a) blew a tree down on top of Dillard's cabin
(b) it missed the area, so it did nothing
(c) wiped out all the flowers in the area
(d) dumped enormous amounts of rain

13. What is the other type of poisonous snake besides the answer in #139, that lives around the creek area?
(a) coral snake
(b) timber rattler
(c) cotton mouth
(d) side winder

14. How large might a root system for winter rye grass plant grow?
(a) 65 miles of roots and 2,000 miles of root hairs
(b) 378 miles of roots and 6,000 miles of root hairs
(c) one root that grows straight down for 100 yards
(d) a shallow system above ground spread for 15 acres

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Dillard says that if plants had emotions, she would applaud this:

2. What does the author see as somewhat synonymous with the creator, or God?

3. Dillard believes that few humans have been as cruel as what, in the natural world?

4. Ultimately, at the end of the book, what is Dillard's overwhelming feeling?

5. When a mosquito bites a snake, what happens?

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