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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 does Dillard believe the seeking of God takes place?
(a) God is everywhere but the best place to seek is in church
(b) the seeking of God is a continuous loop, which never ends
(c) God is in nature
(d) Singing in the shower

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

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

4. When Dillard moves from describing details of creation to trying to understand more about creation what is she doing?
(a) getting a little strange
(b) moving from what to why
(c) moving from logic to mysticism
(d) trying to think too much

5. How does Dillard think of Tinker Creek in the first chapter?
(a) as an anchor that keeps her steady in the current of life
(b) as a scary, mysterious place
(c) as a place that time forgot
(d) that she'd rather live somewhere else

Short Answer Questions

1. How are Eskimos able to survive in such a harsh environment as theirs?

2. What changes about the view around Dillard's home when winter comes?

3. Dillard says that a particular object remains unseen until what happens?

4. How do praying mantises mate?

5. Who does Dillard think gravitates towards the field of botany?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In Chapter 12, Dillard observes the world at night. Considering the grasshoppers leads her into thoughts of locusts. How did early people see locusts, and where does Dillard's thoughts on them lead?

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

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

5. This book alternately uplifts and depresses the sensitive reader. What did you find uplifting about the first chapter? Depressing?

6. 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?

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

8. Why do you think this chapter could have been titled "Potential?"

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

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

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