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

2. Dillard wrote, "the present is fleet." What did she mean by this statement?
(a) the present goes by so quick one can barely glimpse it
(b) the present is like a group of ships
(c) the present is the future
(d) there is no present

3. What does Dillard see as a passive mystery?
(a) if her brother would enjoy life in Tinker Creek
(b) if nature is benign
(c) the mountains around her
(d) if there are fish in the creek

4. According to Dillard, how is the past healed?
(a) if one stays in the present, the past is healed
(b) by ignoring it
(c) by focusing on the future
(d) by meditating on forgiveness

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Dillard say hinders people from experiencing the now?

2. How does Dillard think of Tinker Creek in the first chapter?

3. What is it about weather that Dillard believes is a phenomena worth writing about?

4. What does the author say the future is?

5. How were Starlings are introduced to America from Europe?

Short Essay Questions

1. This Chapter is called "Fixed." What are some of Dillard's observations and thoughts that illustrate this title?

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

3. How does Dillard tie in Moses with her observations at Tinker Creek?

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

5. What is the correlation Dillard sees between time and the search for God?

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 feel about "shadows?" What does she write to show those feelings?

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

9. What is the problem with the starlings in Chapter 3? How does the town of Radford, Virginia deal with the starlings? Were they successful?

10. The Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is, on the surface, a stream of consciousness journey through the natural world around Tinker Creek. What does "stream of consciousness" writing entail? In your answer address plot, characterization and theme.

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