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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What has Dillard decided is the meaning of death?
(a) it must happen or the earth could not sustain everything
(b) a way to join the creator
(c) one merely joins the earth at death
(d) a journey to a far land
2. What does the author see as somewhat synonymous with the creator, or God?
(a) the sun
3. What percentage of insects are parasites?
(a) forty percent
(b) thirty percent
(c) ten percent
(d) five percent
4. When ancient Hebrews sacrificed an animal to their god, how did they use the horns?
(a) poured blood into the horns
(b) they didn't use them
(c) to cage the animal
(d) to strenthen the altar for a larger animal
5. 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
6. What does the author think about fish?
(a) they are spirit food
(b) they are fairly clean food
(c) they are quiet animals
(d) they are rather dumb water inhabitants
7. What does Dillard believe the flood shows about nature?
(a) nature doesn't like humans
(b) it's destructive
(c) the effusiveness of creation
(d) nature can't be controlled
8. How does a young muskrat get fed?
(a) it eats birds eggs
(b) it gets plankton fromt he water
(c) it eats small insects
(d) the mother brings it mouthfuls of grass
9. What does Dillard see as the difference between a parasite and a predator?
(a) at least one has a fighting chance when up against a predator
(b) it's easier to pick out the predator
(c) nothing they're both bad
(d) the predator is more honest
10. When a mosquito bites a snake, what happens?
(a) nothing, mosquitoes feed on snakes
(b) mosquitoes carry snake blood to other animals
(c) the mosquito lays its eggs under the scales
(d) the mosquito dies from the snake blood
11. When Dillard comes upon a rooting acorn, she imagines what?
(a) a giant oak, two hundred years from then
(b) reaching down to root and its shoot springing towards the heavens
(c) the acorn burying itself to come to life in the spring
(d) an squirrel grabbing the acorn and ending its fragile life
12. Dillard believes that few humans have been as cruel as what, in the natural world?
(a) the female preying mantis
(b) sharks that will eat almost anything
(c) hurricanes which kill plants and animals
(d) bugs who eat their prey live
13. Silvery eels swim to the sea after eight years of maturing in obscure creeks and rivers. What happens to them at the sea?
(a) they lay their eggs and then die
(b) they mate with other eels then return to the fresh water
(c) they have offspring and bring them back in two years
(d) they lay eggs and then go into deep water for the rest of their lives
14. How did the Romans use the horns of the altar?
(a) they'd grasp the horns and swear by them
(b) to tie their goats to which worshipping
(c) used to move the altar
(d) to kill geese with
15. What does Dillard find out about muskrats and humans?
(a) they're both nocturnal
(b) they both like water
(c) if a muskrat is aware of human's presence, it will not appear
(d) they eat the same foods
Short Answer Questions
1. Ultimately, what does Dillard say about predators or parasites?
2. How does the author see the violence in the natural world?
3. How much impact on any of the creatures, mountains, or creek around her does the author think she has?
4. Believing natural disasters were sent by God is an example of what?
5. Dillard believes that if she waits patiently with no anticipation of what is to come, this will happen.
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