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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 about the creek creates healing sounds?
(a) the lap of the water against the bank
(b) the sound of frogs jumping into the water
(c) the creek is sprinkled with large rocks, which enliven the water
(d) the sound of fish jumping at dusk

2. At a ranch, Dillard drew a horse. It wasn't a good picture. Others who lived at the ranch drew great horses. Why?
(a) they had a lot of practice drawing horses
(b) they were more artistic
(c) they knew all the bones and muscles of a horse
(d) they loved horses

3. Dillard thought once that awesome artistry can be laced with savagery. To what did she refer?
(a) when ants attacked a lady bug
(b) when a thunderstorm blew down a tree
(c) when her tomcat bit the head off a mouse
(d) when she watched sharks tear into a school of fish

4. What does the author believe separates humans from their creator and humans from each other?
(a) hate
(b) indifference
(c) fear
(d) self-consciousness

5. How were Starlings are introduced to America from Europe?
(a) they came over with a European circus
(b) by a man who wanted all the birds mentioned in Shakespeare to be present in America
(c) they were sold as pets to a Virginian family
(d) they came in on a boat from England

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Dillard's fascination and stories about praying mantises demonstrate?

2. What is the literal act of seeing?

3. What does Dillard say hinders people from experiencing the now?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Chapter One is titled, "Heaven and Earth in Jest." Why do you think this was the title chosen for this first chapter?

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

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

5. What might Dillard's fascination and stories about the praying mantis demonstrate?

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

7. Why do the Eskimos hunt in the fall and what can happen if they fail?

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

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

10. 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?

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