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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 believe separates humans from their creator and humans from each other?
(a) indifference
(b) self-consciousness
(c) fear
(d) hate

2. 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 of how easy it is for death to find them
(d) because humans are emotionally out of control

3. What did the animal in question #1 often leave on Dillard's nightgown?
(a) bloody, rose-shaped paw prints
(b) wet, slimy mud off his paws
(c) cat hairs
(d) a dead mouse

4. Why are starlings hated in the Tinker Creek area?
(a) they are smelly, messy, and noisy
(b) they scare the children by flying around them
(c) they eat all the worms and leave the ground bare
(d) they fly into houses and make nests

5. How do ladybugs hibernate?
(a) ladybugs hide beneath the bark on trees
(b) ladybugs hibernate under the roots of trees
(c) ladybugs die off in winter
(d) ladybugs hibernate in large masses

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In Chapter 7 who gravitates towards the circle on the bottom of Dillard's fishbowl?

3. Dillard thought once that awesome artistry can be laced with savagery. To what did she refer?

4. At a ranch, Dillard drew a horse. It wasn't a good picture. Others who lived at the ranch drew great horses. Why?

5. What is Dillard illustrating in her story about the Polyphemus moth from her childhood?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. 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?

4. 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?

5. What is are augenblicks and how what does Dillard do with them?

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

7. How does Dillard relate parasites to her view of life?

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

9. 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?

10. What is kayak sickness?

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