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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is necessary in order for the the gooseneck barnacle to reproduce?
(a) it must find water of an exact salinity
(b) it must find a certain type of seaweed to cling to
(c) it must find a wrecked ship not more than one-half mile down
(d) it must find any piece of debris to cling to in the middle of the ocean

2. Dillard says that if plants had emotions, she would applaud this:
(a) their ability to tolerate other life forms
(b) their willingness to live in harmony
(c) their kindness
(d) their ability to fly in the teeth of it all

3. Dillard is sometimes allowed one brief glimpse of a creature. What does she call these glimpses?
(a) an act of fate
(b) a gift of abundance
(c) her destiny
(d) pure good luck

4. In Chapter 14, what have arrived in swarm from the Hudson Bay area?
(a) sparrows
(b) house wrens
(c) monarch butterflies
(d) lunar moths

5. Why would Dillard say some trees are like body builders?
(a) their body is so
(b) they keep adding to their limbs,
(c) they can hold up a lot of weight
(d) some trees are capable of splitting and lifting boulders weighing more than a ton

6. What would Dillard term passive pursuit of animals?
(a) going on a camera safari
(b) going to a zoo
(c) watching Animal Planet
(d) watching animals from the bridge over the creek

7. 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

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

9. In Chapter 14, Dillard quotes a fifth century Egyptian mystic as saying what?
(a) meditate outside and you will know the outside
(b) winter gives rest, as spring energy
(c) fall is the splash of color before the white of winter
(d) go and sit in your cell, and your cell will teach you everything

10. Dillard says if nature is not monstrous, then why does it appear that way to humans?
(a) humans see only the bad
(b) nature is logical, though a logic humans can't comprehend
(c) it is human's emotional response to nature's illusory horrors
(d) humans can't see the big picture

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

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

13. 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 bleed to pick a rose
(d) she'd pick up a wild animal that might bite her

14. In Chapter 13, Dillard quotes Van Gogh. What did she quote?
(a) the important thing is to breathe
(b) it's important to see
(c) life is not art
(d) life is not pretty

15. What does Dillard believe is destroyed in the flood?
(a) the plankton
(b) the bee hives in the field
(c) a beaver's dam
(d) the creek bed

Short Answer Questions

1. For wild animals, Dillards sees enduring parasitic invasions as what?

2. What would Dillard suggest for food instead of creature eating creature?

3. What does the term the term "northing" mean?

4. How does the author see the violence in the natural world?

5. How would Dillard like to see death?

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