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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 is the literal act of seeing?
(a) opening the eyes and looking straight ahead
(b) using binoculars to see a great distance
(c) watching for movement in the clouds
(d) learning how to spot the different wildlife

2. What does Dillard say hinders people from experiencing the now?
(a) being too aware of self, rather than the moment
(b) humans are always looking into the future
(c) humans don't like to be in the now
(d) there is no now

3. What is the analogy she draws between the snake skin and the seasons?
(a) there is no analogy between snakes and seasons
(b) seasons are a continuous loop, just as she thought the snakeskin was
(c) snakes shed skins in accordance with the seasons
(d) snakes move depending on the season

4. Why are starlings hated in the Tinker Creek area?
(a) they scare the children by flying around them
(b) they are smelly, messy, and noisy
(c) they fly into houses and make nests
(d) they eat all the worms and leave the ground bare

5. When Dillard raps on the goldfish bowl, what does the fish do?
(a) stays perfectly still for ten seconds
(b) dive to the bottom
(c) swim to the surface
(d) swims around the bowl three times

Short Answer Questions

1. Dillard believes that, with indifference, nature hides what?

2. How does Dillard see time?

3. Why does the author think nature experiments with insects' shape, form and "niche?"

4. How are ladybugs shipped to gardeners?

5. What did the animal in question #1 often leave on Dillard's nightgown?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. Dillard states that once one accepts the inevitability of death, the rest is easy. What might she mean by that?

4. Briefly tell the story written in Chapter 15 about a young man and his mother.

5. What does Dillard believe about flowing water?

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

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

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

10. What physics concept does Dillard use to write about observing muskrats? How does she use it?

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