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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 believes that "weather overlaps" which causes what?
(a) snow on Easter
(b) there is only a few weeks of any season that is distinguishable from the former or following
(c) rain in the backyard and sun in the front yard
(d) sun shining when it's raining

2. One branch of Jewish philosophy believes that part of the responsibility of humans is to do what?
(a) to help God by hallowing creation
(b) stand in for God with the animals
(c) to experience the moment
(d) planting trees

3. What does Dillard believe is healing?
(a) sunshine
(b) soothing music
(c) white clouds in blue skies
(d) flowing water

4. If there were only one tree in the world, what would happen, according to the author?
(a) the world would cease to exist
(b) there would not be enough oxygen to breath
(c) all creatures would travel to touch it in order to feel secure
(d) humans would all live around the tree

5. What is the literal act of seeing?
(a) using binoculars to see a great distance
(b) opening the eyes and looking straight ahead
(c) learning how to spot the different wildlife
(d) watching for movement in the clouds

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How much of life which has ever been created, is living at the present time?

3. When Dillard raps on the goldfish bowl, what does the fish do?

4. If you could watch the unfolding through time of every thing that ever existed on Earth, what does Dillard say you would see?

5. In Chapter 2, Dillard talks of a game she played where she would hide what?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Dillard tie in Moses with her observations at Tinker Creek?

2. The first section of Chapter 8 is titled, "Intricacy." What might this title mean and how does Dillard's writing change to reflect this?

3. Dillard thinks about arctic explorations, which use the term "northing," to denote traveling in a northerly direction. How does she see "northing" in her own life?

4. How does Dillard relate the plankton to the Eskimo learning about Christianity and to herself?

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

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

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

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

9. Dillard still rails against the seeming cruelty of nature; however, what else is she seeing by Chapter 13?

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

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