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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. Why did Indians used grooved arrows?
(a) so they were lighter to carry around
(b) so they would fly farther
(c) it made them more accurate
(d) the hunter could follow the trail of blood that flows down the groove

2. How does Dillard see time?
(a) as a maze of days
(b) as an arrow through space
(c) as a continuous loop or an ascending spiral
(d) as being too long when waiting

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

4. What is it about weather that Dillard believes is a phenomena worth writing about?
(a) how often the modern weather predictions are right
(b) whether ancient people talked about the weather
(c) talking about the weather is one of seven or eight phenomena worth discussing
(d) how often the modern weather predictions are wrong

5. How does Dillard think of Tinker Creek in the first chapter?
(a) that she'd rather live somewhere else
(b) as a place that time forgot
(c) as a scary, mysterious place
(d) as an anchor that keeps her steady in the current of life

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Dillard say happens the moment you are aware of the present?

2. How much of life which has ever been created, is living at the present time?

3. In Alaska and northern Canada during winter what is a topic of continual fascination?

4. Dillard thought once that awesome artistry can be laced with savagery. To what did she refer?

5. According to Dillard, how is the past healed?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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.

3. Describe Dillard's thoughts as she looks over the creek from the bridge when it was flooded.

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

5. What is are augenblicks and how what does Dillard do with them?

6. In Chapter 12, Dillard observes the world at night. Considering the grasshoppers leads her into thoughts of locusts. How did early people see locusts, and where does Dillard's thoughts on them lead?

7. In the second section of Chapter 11, Dillard stays almost exclusively focused on one topic, seldom straying. Why do you think she is staying so focused?

8. How does Dillard feel about "shadows?" What does she write to show those feelings?

9. How does Dillard believe her time at Tinker Creek has helped her?

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

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