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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 long does it take a tree to recreate ninety-nine percent of its living parts?
(a) thirty days
(b) one year
(c) twenty-five years
(d) a lifetime

2. How does Dillard visualize the present?
(a) as the middle of everything
(b) as a wave that explodes over her head
(c) as a hawk soaring on the breeze
(d) as a hummingbird that stops for nectar

3. How does the author say one can obtain "unself-conscious state?"
(a) pure devotion to whatever one is doing at the moment
(b) through meditation
(c) through intense exercise
(d) through desperate illness

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

5. What does Dillard find out when she takes her first course in French?
(a) it's more difficult than Spanish
(b) French sounds better than English
(c) she has no aptitude for languages
(d) she realizes that she will have to learn French word by word

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How do mice reach the grain at the top of a stalk?

3. What does Dillard's fascination and stories about praying mantises demonstrate?

4. What does Dillard believe about nature and change?

5. What is the translation of trompes-l' esprit ?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. In Chapter 11, Dillard is mimicking a group of people. Who is she mimicking and why? How do you know this?

5. How does Dillard relate parasites to her view of life?

6. What does Dillard believe about flowing water?

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

8. Describe the two ways of seeing, according to Dillard.

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

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

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