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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. In Chapter 14, Dillard quotes a fifth century Egyptian mystic as saying what?
(a) winter gives rest, as spring energy
(b) fall is the splash of color before the white of winter
(c) go and sit in your cell, and your cell will teach you everything
(d) meditate outside and you will know the outside
2. Why would Dillard say some trees are like body builders?
(a) they keep adding to their limbs,
(b) their body is so
(c) some trees are capable of splitting and lifting boulders weighing more than a ton
(d) they can hold up a lot of weight
3. What does Dillard see as the price of life?
(a) being eaten by a greater predator
(b) having to work constantly for food
(c) lack of control
4. When Dillard saw migrating Canadian geese fly, speeding across the duck pond, what did she think?
(a) that she'd never seen so many large birds together
(b) that she should think about going south for the winter
(c) that it was time to get wood for the winter
(d) that she has never witnessed such energetic movement
5. What does the author believe about the difference between abundant plant life and abundant insect life?
(a) plants would be more abundant without insects
(b) abundant insect life is healthier for the earth
(c) insects will always outnumber plants
(d) the proliferation of plant life, does not disturb humans the way an overabundance of insects do
6. Eskimos believe it is a great honor to be incarnated as what?
(a) a blue whale
(b) a human
(c) a polar bear
(d) a tiger
7. Dillard is sometimes allowed one brief glimpse of a creature. What does she call these glimpses?
(a) a gift of abundance
(b) pure good luck
(c) her destiny
(d) an act of fate
8. What does Dillard say about the muskrat fur?
(a) it tends to be spotty
(b) it's smelly when wet
(c) they are the most popular fur animal in North America
(d) it's thin and of little use
9. Fecundity could be defined as:
(a) a type of fat
(b) always hungry
(c) wasteful of resources
(d) prolific in offspring
10. What does Dillard see as the difference between a parasite and a predator?
(a) it's easier to pick out the predator
(b) nothing they're both bad
(c) at least one has a fighting chance when up against a predator
(d) the predator is more honest
11. When Dillard comes upon a rooting acorn, she imagines what?
(a) the acorn burying itself to come to life in the spring
(b) a giant oak, two hundred years from then
(c) an squirrel grabbing the acorn and ending its fragile life
(d) reaching down to root and its shoot springing towards the heavens
12. What does the author think the existence of parasites makes the world?
(a) nothing, parasites don't affect the world
(b) a horrible place
(c) more real
13. What does the principle of indeterminacy invalidate?
(a) that hummingbirds can sit still
(b) the notion of cause and effect
(c) that light travels in a circle
(d) that the moon causes the tides
14. When do Eskimos hunt caribou?
(a) right before summer
(b) at the end of spring
(c) in the fall
(d) at the beginning of winter
15. In Chapter 13, the author is beginning to find a balance in her thinking about nature. What is that balance?
(a) a balance between believing nature to be for animals or humans
(b) a balance between believing nature to be better than cities or not
(c) a balance between believing nature to be either terrible or wonderful
(d) a balance between believing nature to be good or evil
Short Answer Questions
1. How did early man view locusts?
2. What would Dillard suggest for food instead of creature eating creature?
3. What is necessary in order for the the gooseneck barnacle to reproduce?
4. How large might a root system for winter rye grass plant grow?
5. What lures birds of all species out of their summer hiding places?
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