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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 one of Dillard's main occupations in the winter?
(a) reading
(b) watching television
(c) knitting
(d) sewing

2. 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 live in or near Tinker Creek
(d) they both carry stuff on their back

3. Even though she is no scientist, what did Dillard decide she will do in her valley?
(a) she will explore her valley and report the unmapped frontiers
(b) plant a flower garden
(c) erect a new cabin
(d) raise sheep

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

5. When Dillard moves from describing details of creation to trying to understand more about creation what is she doing?
(a) getting a little strange
(b) trying to think too much
(c) moving from what to why
(d) moving from logic to mysticism

Short Answer Questions

1. How do humans insulate themselves from the present, according to the author?

2. What does Dillard believe is healing?

3. Dillard says the agnostic asks who created the universe. What does a believer ask?

4. How does Dillard see time?

5. What is figurative seeing?

Short Essay Questions

1. Dillard discusses the concept of the world as being "old and ragged." How does she relate that to the natural world and her own life?

2. 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?

3. What does Dillard mean by the phase, "sinking into her center?" How does she use this technique?

4. The "Present", Chapter 6 is also about time, but a very specific part of it, the "now." What are some of Dillard's thoughts on being in the present?

5. What is her purpose in the mimicking?

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

7. When Dillard scrapes the wings of a couple dead butterflies, what might this symbolize?

8. 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?

9. 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?

10. Dillard remembers once seeing migrating Canadian geese fly, speeding across the duck pond which leads her to think what?

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