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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 suggest spring is about?
(a) potential
(b) faith
(c) flowers blooming
(d) plants growing

2. How long can a horsehair worm grow?
(a) ten to twelve feet
(b) up to five feet long
(c) three yards
(d) lengths of up to three feet

3. What causes most insects' behavior?
(a) the structure of their exoskeleton
(b) innate programming
(c) imitating parents
(d) external stimuli

4. When Dillard is looking at a stream, where does she look?
(a) in the center of the water
(b) she always looks upstream
(c) at the water going over the rocks
(d) on the north bank

5. What does Dillard believe about nature and change?
(a) change in nature is sporatic and unpredictable
(b) nature changes quickly
(c) nature does not change, or changes extremely slow
(d) nature is constantly changing

Short Answer Questions

1. Before a baby can distinguish objects, what kind does it prefer?

2. How does Dillard visualize the present?

3. Chlorophyll has a single atom of what substance in the center?

4. Why does Dillard believe humans are vulnerable?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Dillard believe about flowing water?

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

4. Describe Dillard's visit to a horse ranch and what happened.

5. 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?

6. 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?

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

8. What might Dillard's fascination and stories about the praying mantis demonstrate?

9. Dillard watches a mosquito feed on a copperhead snake. What does she think of the act?

10. 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?

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