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

2. In Chapter 3, Dillard stalks a bird along the iced over creek. What kind of bird was it?
(a) robin
(b) blue jay
(c) duck
(d) coot

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

4. What does the author believe about acts of physical courage?
(a) they can tire you out
(b) men do them more than women
(c) they are energizing
(d) they are heroic

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Even though she is no scientist, what did Dillard decide she will do in her valley?

2. Why did Dillard name this chapter "Seeing?"

3. At a ranch, Dillard drew a horse. It wasn't a good picture. Others who lived at the ranch drew great horses. Why?

4. In Chapter 7 who gravitates towards the circle on the bottom of Dillard's fishbowl?

5. How does Dillard think of Tinker Creek in the first chapter?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Dillard's thoughts as she looks over the creek from the bridge when it was flooded.

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

3. Part of Dillard's struggle in her observation of the natural world is how much violence she seems to encounter. How does she relate this to the Hebrew altar?

4. In most of this book, what does Dillard primarily see about nature and how does it affect her?

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

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

8. What is the story that Dillard relates about the Polyphemus moth and how does it show a possible origin of her attitude towards creatures?

9. What does Dillard believe about flowing water?

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

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