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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. Fecundity could be defined as:
(a) wasteful of resources
(b) prolific in offspring
(c) a type of fat
(d) always hungry
2. In Chapter 13, Dillard is still obsessed about nature. In what way?
(a) about humans destroying nature
(b) about the rain and the sound of water
(c) about the beauty of an oak leaf
(d) against the seeming cruelty of nature
3. What does Dillard see as the price of life?
(a) being eaten by a greater predator
(c) lack of control
(d) having to work constantly for food
4. How did early man view locusts?
(a) as a visitation from heaven
(b) as a plague sent by the devil
(c) as the harbringer of a natural disaster
(d) locusts were thought to be a plague sent by God
5. What does Dillard say is the driving force after reproduction in the animal kingdom?
(a) knowing God
(b) protecting the young
(c) finding food
(d) having a nice place to live
6. When Richmond loses electricity Dillard says something happened at the governor's mansion. What?
(a) the first floor is flooded
(b) the security alarm quit working
(c) one bulb in the governor's mansion continues to glow
(d) the basement is destroyed
7. What does the term the term "northing" mean?
(a) the name the Eskimoes use for themselves
(b) types of birds that don't migrate
(c) denotes traveling in a northerly direction
(d) someone who lives near the artic circle
8. When a mosquito bites a snake, what happens?
(a) mosquitoes carry snake blood to other animals
(b) nothing, mosquitoes feed on snakes
(c) the mosquito dies from the snake blood
(d) the mosquito lays its eggs under the scales
9. What percentage of insects are parasites?
(a) forty percent
(b) five percent
(c) ten percent
(d) thirty percent
10. What has Dillard decided is the meaning of death?
(a) it must happen or the earth could not sustain everything
(b) a journey to a far land
(c) a way to join the creator
(d) one merely joins the earth at death
11. What could happen if the caribou migrate out of the Eskimo's range?
(a) the Eskimos won't have enough fur for coats
(b) remote Eskimo tribes can starve
(c) they won't get culled and will overpopulate
(d) the polar bears will follow the herds
12. What does Dillard see as the difference between a parasite and a predator?
(a) nothing they're both bad
(b) it's easier to pick out the predator
(c) at least one has a fighting chance when up against a predator
(d) the predator is more honest
13. What does Dillard think the butterflies smell like?
(a) fall leaves
(b) Tinker Creek
14. How much impact on any of the creatures, mountains, or creek around her does the author think she has?
(a) too much
(b) very little
(c) as much as any other creature
(d) she has no impact at all
15. How large might a root system for winter rye grass plant grow?
(a) 378 miles of roots and 6,000 miles of root hairs
(b) one root that grows straight down for 100 yards
(c) a shallow system above ground spread for 15 acres
(d) 65 miles of roots and 2,000 miles of root hairs
Short Answer Questions
1. Dillard believes that few humans have been as cruel as what, in the natural world?
2. In Chapter 14, Dillard quotes a fifth century Egyptian mystic as saying what?
3. Eskimos believe it is a great honor to be incarnated as what?
4. What does the author think about as she watches the flood waters?
5. How would Dillard like to see death?
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