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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the muskrat young called?
(a) a baby
(b) a kitten
(c) a puppy
(d) a kit

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

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

4. Dillard believes that few humans have been as cruel as what, in the natural world?
(a) hurricanes which kill plants and animals
(b) bugs who eat their prey live
(c) sharks that will eat almost anything
(d) the female preying mantis

5. What does the author think the existence of parasites makes the world?
(a) a horrible place
(b) nothing, parasites don't affect the world
(c) more real
(d) unstable

6. In this book the author is not only striving to understand the natural world, but to understand this acceptance:
(a) the meaning of acceptance
(b) the interplay of life and death
(c) humankind's place in the world
(d) the creator behind that world

7. What would Dillard suggest for food instead of creature eating creature?
(a) no one needing food at all
(b) bread and water
(c) everyone being vegetarians
(d) manna

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

9. The development of science leads to what, according to the author?
(a) new healing techniques
(b) a car that doesn't pollute
(c) mysticism
(d) technological advances

10. What could happen if the caribou migrate out of the Eskimo's range?
(a) they won't get culled and will overpopulate
(b) the polar bears will follow the herds
(c) remote Eskimo tribes can starve
(d) the Eskimos won't have enough fur for coats

11. At the end of the book, Dillard walks with two words in her mind. What are they?
(a) yes and no
(b) life and death
(c) glory and amen
(d) good and evil

12. 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

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

14. 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) confused because it seems contradictory to logic
(c) disillusioned as to the goodness of creation and the creator
(d) relieved that insects are killed in such large numbers

15. How much impact on any of the creatures, mountains, or creek around her does the author think she has?
(a) very little
(b) as much as any other creature
(c) too much
(d) she has no impact at all

Short Answer Questions

1. When Dillard scrapes the outer coating from a monarch's wing, what is left?

2. What has Dillard decided is the meaning of death?

3. What is a towhee?

4. The previous year, what did Hurricane Agnes do in the area?

5. What does Dillard mean when she says she's willing to sacrifice a little blood in order to be "in the thick of things?"

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