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

2. Dillard thought once that awesome artistry can be laced with savagery. To what did she refer?
(a) when ants attacked a lady bug
(b) when a thunderstorm blew down a tree
(c) when her tomcat bit the head off a mouse
(d) when she watched sharks tear into a school of fish

3. What does Dillard suggest spring is about?
(a) potential
(b) plants growing
(c) flowers blooming
(d) faith

4. What does Dillard suggest is a similarity between her and plankton?
(a) they are both unaware of what they're doing
(b) they both carry stuff on their back
(c) they both live in or near Tinker Creek
(d) they both live alone

5. What is it about weather that Dillard believes is a phenomena worth writing about?
(a) whether ancient people talked about the weather
(b) how often the modern weather predictions are wrong
(c) talking about the weather is one of seven or eight phenomena worth discussing
(d) how often the modern weather predictions are right

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Dillard find out when she takes her first course in French?

2. How do blind people who suddenly gain sight usually see objects at first?

3. Dillard says there is loveliness and grace throughout creation. What is also there?

4. In addition to form and texture, what does the author believe influences beauty?

5. How does Dillard believe the seeking of God takes place?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Dillard writes a mystical account of a real encounter with a goldfinch. Briefly describe what she wrote.

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

7. What does Dillard believe about flowing water?

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

9. 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?

10. In the second section of Chapter 11, Dillard stays almost exclusively focused on one topic, seldom straying. Why do you think she is staying so focused?

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