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

2. Dillard wrote, "the present is fleet." What did she mean by this statement?
(a) the present is the future
(b) the present goes by so quick one can barely glimpse it
(c) there is no present
(d) the present is like a group of ships

3. What did the animal in question #1 often leave on Dillard's nightgown?
(a) a dead mouse
(b) bloody, rose-shaped paw prints
(c) cat hairs
(d) wet, slimy mud off his paws

4. What is figurative seeing?
(a) seeing with the inner eye and looking beyond outward appearances
(b) seeing in dreams
(c) closing the eyes and seeing another world
(d) watching the invisible

5. In addition to form and texture, what does the author believe influences beauty?
(a) time
(b) color
(c) perception
(d) time of day

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. How do mice reach the grain at the top of a stalk?

4. In Chapter 5 Dillard writes about finding a snake. What appeared peculiar about the snake?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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. What is are augenblicks and how what does Dillard do with them?

5. Dillard uses stories from the pre-modern Eskimo culture throughout this book. Why do you think she connects so strongly with this culture?

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

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

8. 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?

9. What is the problem with the starlings in Chapter 3? How does the town of Radford, Virginia deal with the starlings? Were they successful?

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

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