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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 does the author say the future is?
(a) a wind coming from the east
(b) light on the water and a spirit
(c) baby birds who have just hatched
(d) a cricket's song on a sultry night

2. How do humans insulate themselves from the present, according to the author?
(a) by wearing clothes appropriate to the weather
(b) by blocking out the past
(c) by lying to themselves and others
(d) by continuously reviewing images of the past and future in their minds

3. If there were only one tree in the world, what would happen, according to the author?
(a) the world would cease to exist
(b) humans would all live around the tree
(c) there would not be enough oxygen to breath
(d) all creatures would travel to touch it in order to feel secure

4. How do blind people who suddenly gain sight usually see objects at first?
(a) as black and white
(b) as patches of colored light
(c) as bigger than they really are
(d) as all gray

5. Dillard says there is loveliness and grace throughout creation. What is also there?
(a) fear
(b) scarcity
(c) the bizarre and grotesque
(d) violence

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Dillard believe the seeking of God takes place?

2. What is the translation of trompes-l' esprit ?

3. When Dillard raps on the goldfish bowl, what does the fish do?

4. How do mice reach the grain at the top of a stalk?

5. What is it about weather that Dillard believes is a phenomena worth writing about?

Short Essay Questions

1. Dillard still rails against the seeming cruelty of nature; however, what else is she seeing by Chapter 13?

2. What is the story that Dillard relates about the Polyphemus moth and how does it show a possible origin of her attitude towards creatures?

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

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

5. Why do you think this chapter could have been titled "Potential?"

6. Dillard believes that the death of the self is painless. What might she mean by this?

7. 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?

8. 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?

9. How does Dillard relate the season, spring, to language?

10. This very brief chapter, "Untying the Knot," is about time. What does Dillard want time to be?

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