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

2. How are ladybugs shipped to gardeners?
(a) captured in nets and sedated with alcohol
(b) they are shipped in the spring, the nests are shipped in one piece
(c) the hibernating bugs are packed in boxes of pine cones
(d) they are packed in soil and water

3. Why does Dillard believe humans are vulnerable?
(a) because there is a lot of violence in the world
(b) because humans are gullible
(c) because humans are emotionally out of control
(d) because of how easy it is for death to find them

4. What does Dillard suggest is a similarity between her and plankton?
(a) they are both unaware of what they're doing
(b) they both live alone
(c) they both carry stuff on their back
(d) they both live in or near Tinker Creek

5. Why do the male praying mantis come near the female?
(a) the male is born to be the mate of a certain femal
(b) the females have a long, whip-like appendage that grabs the male
(c) the female is bigger and stronger and makes him
(d) he has a chemical in his abdomen that encourages him

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Dillard think is the reason for so many forms of insects?

2. In Chapter 2, Dillard talks of a game she played where she would hide what?

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

4. In addition to form and texture, what does the author believe influences beauty?

5. What does Dillard find out when she takes her first course in French?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. How is the story about the caddisfly applicable to Dillard's obsession with the present?

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

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