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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. How do mice reach the grain at the top of a stalk?
(a) they wait for the farmer to cut the field
(b) they climb a tree and jump onto the stalk
(c) mice chew wheat stems piece by piece
(d) they climb the stalk on the back of other mice

2. When a scientist disrupted pine caterpillars' food trail, what happened?
(a) they turned around and followed their trail back home
(b) they stopped, and stayed still until they died
(c) the caterpillars could not restart a new trail
(d) half of caterpillars made a new trail off to the right

3. What changes about the view around Dillard's home when winter comes?
(a) the snow covered trees block her view of the creek
(b) the view looks stark and empty
(c) nothing changes about the view
(d) winter opens vistas around Dillard's home so she can see other homes

4. Dillard opens this first chapter remembering this animal.
(a) a robin whose nest fell from the tree
(b) an alligator she saw in the zoo
(c) a poodle that lived down the street from her
(d) an old tomcat that she used to have

5. How does Dillard see time?
(a) as a continuous loop or an ascending spiral
(b) as a maze of days
(c) as an arrow through space
(d) as being too long when waiting

Short Answer Questions

1. What sport does the author play come spring?

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

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

4. How did Radford, Virginia decide to control their starling problem?

5. What is the literal act of seeing?

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. Dillard believes that the death of the self is painless. What might she mean by this?

3. Dillard states that once one accepts the inevitability of death, the rest is easy. What might she mean by that?

4. How does Dillard believe her time at Tinker Creek has helped her?

5. Briefly tell the story written in Chapter 15 about a young man and his mother.

6. What is her purpose in the mimicking?

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

8. In Chapter 3, what has the reader learned about Dillard's attitude towards living creatures?

9. Describe the two ways of seeing, according to Dillard.

10. What does Dillard mean by the phase, "sinking into her center?" How does she use this technique?

(see the answer keys)

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