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

2. Dillard sees so much in the natural world which seems paradoxical. Why?
(a) she saw beauty side by side with horrors
(b) because large trees would block the sun from smaller ones
(c) because half the day had sun, half did not
(d) because the same plant could heal you or kill you

3. If you could watch the unfolding through time of every thing that ever existed on Earth, what does Dillard say you would see?
(a) upheaval and violence
(b) an endless tempest of beauty
(c) destruction and fear
(d) joy

4. Who does Dillard think gravitates towards the field of botany?
(a) people who were raised in rural areas
(b) truly ethical thinkers
(c) those who don't like people
(d) no one in particular

5. How do humans insulate themselves from the present, according to the author?
(a) by continuously reviewing images of the past and future in their minds
(b) by wearing clothes appropriate to the weather
(c) by blocking out the past
(d) by lying to themselves and others

Short Answer Questions

1. How long can a horsehair worm grow?

2. What does Dillard believe is healing?

3. How do honey bees survive the cold of winter?

4. Dillard thought once that awesome artistry can be laced with savagery. To what did she refer?

5. What does Dillard say is the way to tell winter has arrived?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why do you think the story about the coot might be significant?

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

4. 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?

5. How does Dillard relate the season, spring, to language?

6. How is the story about the caddisfly applicable to Dillard's obsession with the present?

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

8. Chapter One is titled, "Heaven and Earth in Jest." Why do you think this was the title chosen for this first chapter?

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. Chapter 13 continues Dillard's musing on the "dog eat dog" world especially as it relates to parasites. How does Dillard view the parasitic relationship?

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