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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. Dillard says there is loveliness and grace throughout creation. What is also there?
(a) the bizarre and grotesque
(b) violence
(c) scarcity
(d) fear

2. She claims the ability to see what is hidden is what?
(a) a special talent
(b) a gift
(c) fate
(d) a piece of luck

3. What is one of Dillard's main occupations in the winter?
(a) sewing
(b) watching television
(c) reading
(d) knitting

4. Who does Dillard think gravitates towards the field of botany?
(a) people who were raised in rural areas
(b) truly ethical thinkers
(c) those who don't like people
(d) no one in particular

5. How do blind people who suddenly gain sight usually see objects at first?
(a) as all gray
(b) as bigger than they really are
(c) as black and white
(d) as patches of colored light

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Dillard's fascination and stories about praying mantises demonstrate?

2. Why did Xerxes stop the advance of his entire army?

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

4. What sport does the author play come spring?

5. In Chapter 3, Dillard stalks a bird along the iced over creek. What kind of bird was it?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

6. 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?

7. How does Dillard feel about "shadows?" What does she write to show those feelings?

8. This Chapter is called "Fixed." What are some of Dillard's observations and thoughts that illustrate this title?

9. Chapter One is titled, "Heaven and Earth in Jest." Why do you think this was the title chosen for this first chapter?

10. What story does Dillard tell about a Native American woman and winter?

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