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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. Ultimately, at the end of the book, what is Dillard's overwhelming feeling?
2. At the end of the book, Dillard walks with two words in her mind. What are they?
(a) life and death
(b) glory and amen
(c) good and evil
(d) yes and no
3. What does Dillard mean when she says she's willing to sacrifice a little blood in order to be "in the thick of things?"
(a) she would fight on the front lines in any battle
(b) she would rather live life to its fullest even if it means being in danger
(c) she'd pick up a wild animal that might bite her
(d) she'd bleed to pick a rose
4. In Chapter 13, Dillard is still obsessed about nature. In what way?
(a) about the rain and the sound of water
(b) about the beauty of an oak leaf
(c) against the seeming cruelty of nature
(d) about humans destroying nature
5. Dillard suggests that the physical world is "all touch and go." What does she mean by this?
(a) time doesn't wait for anyone
(b) life is uncertain
(c) death is easy
(d) things happen really fast
6. What does Dillard believe is destroyed in the flood?
(a) the plankton
(b) a beaver's dam
(c) the creek bed
(d) the bee hives in the field
7. When Dillard scrapes the outer coating from a monarch's wing, what is left?
(a) the wings are the same color the whole way through
(b) a pale pink membrane
(c) a thin, translucent membrane, crisscrossed with black lines
(d) nothing, the wings are too fragile to scrape
8. 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
9. What does Dillard believe the flood shows about nature?
(a) it's destructive
(b) nature can't be controlled
(c) the effusiveness of creation
(d) nature doesn't like humans
10. Where are the answer to #163 going?
(a) to California
(b) to the ocean
(c) to Tinker Creek
(d) to the south
11. In Chapter 14, Dillard quotes a fifth century Egyptian mystic as saying what?
(a) fall is the splash of color before the white of winter
(b) go and sit in your cell, and your cell will teach you everything
(c) winter gives rest, as spring energy
(d) meditate outside and you will know the outside
12. What does the author think the existence of parasites makes the world?
(a) nothing, parasites don't affect the world
(b) more real
(d) a horrible place
13. When Richmond loses electricity Dillard says something happened at the governor's mansion. What?
(a) the basement is destroyed
(b) the first floor is flooded
(c) one bulb in the governor's mansion continues to glow
(d) the security alarm quit working
14. When do Eskimos hunt caribou?
(a) in the fall
(b) right before summer
(c) at the beginning of winter
(d) at the end of spring
15. When Dillard discovers so much violence and horror in the natural world, how does she feel?
(a) depressed that the world was created so
(b) disillusioned as to the goodness of creation and the creator
(c) relieved that insects are killed in such large numbers
(d) confused because it seems contradictory to logic
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Dillard see as the price of life?
2. The previous year, what did Hurricane Agnes do in the area?
3. In this book the author is not only striving to understand the natural world, but to understand this acceptance:
4. Who does Dillard says stalk caribou herds for days?
5. What do the Eskimos do with the greens in their prey's stomach?
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