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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 are Eskimos able to survive in such a harsh environment as theirs?
(a) they wear seal fur
(b) they eat a lot of whale
(c) they had to possess an intimate understanding of their natural world
(d) their igloos are kept very warm

2. Dillard believes that, with indifference, nature hides what?
(a) butterflies
(b) waterfalls
(c) the agony of prey and hunter
(d) wonders from the eye

3. In addition to form and texture, what does the author believe influences beauty?
(a) time
(b) time of day
(c) color
(d) perception

4. How do praying mantises mate?
(a) A female will mate and devour up to seven male mantises
(b) the male kills the female when done and takes over the eggs
(c) they mate like people
(d) the female lays eggs and the male comes by and fertilizes them

5. What does the author see as an active mystery?
(a) if the creek will ever get bigger
(b) Tinker Creek
(c) whether there's life after death
(d) whether it will rain that day

Short Answer Questions

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

2. At a ranch, Dillard drew a horse. It wasn't a good picture. Others who lived at the ranch drew great horses. Why?

3. If there were only one tree in the world, what would happen, according to the author?

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

5. What does Dillard believe about nature and change?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Dillard believe about flowing water?

2. What happens when Dillard tries to stay in the present?

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

4. 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?

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

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

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

8. How does Dillard muse on the "how" of creating?

9. Dillard is somewhat obsessed with how creation reproduces itself and the excess with which it does so. How might this "obsession" relate to Dillard's own life or self?

10. 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?

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