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

2. What does Dillard say about humans and change?
(a) humans believe change is necessary
(b) humans hate change
(c) humans believe stability if good
(d) humans abhor statis

3. Why does Dillard believe humans are vulnerable?
(a) because of how easy it is for death to find them
(b) because humans are emotionally out of control
(c) because there is a lot of violence in the world
(d) because humans are gullible

4. One branch of Jewish philosophy believes that part of the responsibility of humans is to do what?
(a) planting trees
(b) to experience the moment
(c) stand in for God with the animals
(d) to help God by hallowing creation

5. What causes most insects' behavior?
(a) imitating parents
(b) innate programming
(c) external stimuli
(d) the structure of their exoskeleton

Short Answer Questions

1. When Dillard moves from describing details of creation to trying to understand more about creation what is she doing?

2. Dillard says the agnostic asks who created the universe. What does a believer ask?

3. Why does the author think nature experiments with insects' shape, form and "niche?"

4. Thinking about God and nature, what does Dillard come to believe is possible?

5. What does the author believe separates humans from their creator and humans from each other?

Short Essay Questions

1. What might Dillard's fascination and stories about the praying mantis demonstrate?

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

3. Why do you think this chapter could have been titled "Potential?"

4. Dillard recalls what a woman recently told her, "'Seem like we're just set down here...and don't nobody know why."' What do you think this saying means?

5. Dillard spends the entire chapter dealing with the passing of a hurricane. How does the theme of "floods" relate to other parts of the book?

6. How does Dillard muse on the "how" of creating?

7. In Chapter 12, Dillard observes the world at night. Considering the grasshoppers leads her into thoughts of locusts. How did early people see locusts, and where does Dillard's thoughts on them lead?

8. When Dillard scrapes the wings of a couple dead butterflies, what might this symbolize?

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

10. What physics concept does Dillard use to write about observing muskrats? How does she use it?

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