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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Chapter 7 who gravitates towards the circle on the bottom of Dillard's fishbowl?
(a) the biggest goldfish
(b) light-loving plankton
(c) baby tadpoles
(d) a scavenger fish

2. How are ladybugs shipped to gardeners?
(a) captured in nets and sedated with alcohol
(b) they are shipped in the spring, the nests are shipped in one piece
(c) they are packed in soil and water
(d) the hibernating bugs are packed in boxes of pine cones

3. Where does Dillard makes a pilgrimage to every month?
(a) the the local church
(b) the small town a few miles away
(c) the island that bisects Tinker Creek
(d) to visit her mother in another state

4. What does Dillard say hinders people from experiencing the now?
(a) being too aware of self, rather than the moment
(b) humans are always looking into the future
(c) there is no now
(d) humans don't like to be in the now

5. Even though she is no scientist, what did Dillard decide she will do in her valley?
(a) raise sheep
(b) erect a new cabin
(c) plant a flower garden
(d) she will explore her valley and report the unmapped frontiers

Short Answer Questions

1. Dillard opens this first chapter remembering this animal.

2. What is the translation of trompes-l' esprit ?

3. Why do birds sing?

4. Dillard writes that she is an avid collector of what?

5. If you remove the answer in question #86 from chlorophyll, you create a molecule of what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Up to now Dillard has tried to just "notice" creation. In Chapter 8, Section 2, her focus changes. How does her focus change and what might it symbolize?

2. Write a brief description of what Dillard knows and observes about monarch butterflies.

3. The first section of Chapter 8 is titled, "Intricacy." What might this title mean and how does Dillard's writing change to reflect this?

4. Dillard watches a mosquito feed on a copperhead snake. What does she think of the act?

5. This very brief chapter, "Untying the Knot," is about time. What does Dillard want time to be?

6. Why does Dillard question both the morality and the compassion of nature?

7. Dillard remembers once seeing migrating Canadian geese fly, speeding across the duck pond which leads her to think what?

8. How does Dillard relate parasites to her view of life?

9. Dillard is somewhat obsessed with how creation reproduces itself and the excess with which it does so. How might this "obsession" relate to Dillard's own life or self?

10. What does Dillard say about the trauma of people blind since birth who get their sight?

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