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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. Chlorophyll has a single atom of what substance in the center?
(a) magnesium
(b) hydrogen
(c) zinc
(d) carbon

2. In Chapter 5 Dillard writes about finding a snake. What appeared peculiar about the snake?
(a) it was tied in a knot
(b) it had two heads
(c) it had a outer and inner skin
(d) it was pure white

3. She claims the ability to see what is hidden is what?
(a) a piece of luck
(b) a special talent
(c) fate
(d) a gift

4. How long can a horsehair worm grow?
(a) lengths of up to three feet
(b) three yards
(c) up to five feet long
(d) ten to twelve feet

5. When Dillard is looking at a stream, where does she look?
(a) in the center of the water
(b) at the water going over the rocks
(c) on the north bank
(d) she always looks upstream

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Dillard believe is healing?

3. Why did Dillard name this chapter "Seeing?"

4. In Chapter 4 what does Dillard use for controlling garden insects?

5. What did Dillard do at one time about insects as a child?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. In Chapter 11, Dillard is mimicking a group of people. Who is she mimicking and why? How do you know this?

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

5. Up to now Dillard has tried to just "notice" creation. In Chapter 8, Section 2, her focus changes. How does her focus change and what might it symbolize?

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

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

8. How does Dillard see as the difference between plant and animal fecundity?

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

10. What is kayak sickness?

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