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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 does Dillard say can be as blinding as complete darkness?
(a) some camp lanterns
(b) a full moon at midnight
(c) too much light
(d) a mind that is closed

2. What does Dillard's fascination and stories about praying mantises demonstrate?
(a) she wants to change the way some things are
(b) both her fascination and revulsion of the world of nature
(c) she never saw insects before moving to Tinker Creek
(d) she watches horror movies too

3. What does Dillard believe is healing?
(a) white clouds in blue skies
(b) sunshine
(c) soothing music
(d) flowing water

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

5. What did Dillard do at one time about insects as a child?
(a) watched them in the grass with a magnifying glass
(b) catch fireflies in glass jars to watch them glow
(c) killed bugs with carbon tetrachloride and then pinned them on labeled boards
(d) shooed them out of the house before her mother could kill them

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How are ladybugs shipped to gardeners?

3. How does Dillard visualize the present?

4. One branch of Jewish philosophy believes that part of the responsibility of humans is to do what?

5. How do ladybugs hibernate?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. Write a brief description of what Dillard knows and observes about monarch butterflies.

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

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

6. What does Dillard say about the trauma of people blind since birth who get their sight?

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

8. The first section of Chapter 8 is titled, "Intricacy." What might this title mean and how does Dillard's writing change to reflect this?

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

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

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