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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the author believe about acts of physical courage?

2. Dillard opens this first chapter remembering this animal.

3. Thinking about God and nature, what does Dillard come to believe is possible?

4. Why do the male praying mantis come near the female?

5. What does the author see as an active mystery?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Dillard conclude when she attempts to "view" creation from the standpoint of God?

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

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

4. Dillard thinks about arctic explorations, which use the term "northing," to denote traveling in a northerly direction. How does she see "northing" in her own life?

5. 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?

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

7. This Chapter is called "Fixed." What are some of Dillard's observations and thoughts that illustrate this title?

8. What is her purpose in the mimicking?

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

10. What is the problem with the starlings in Chapter 3? How does the town of Radford, Virginia deal with the starlings? Were they successful?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Chapter seven is about spring. Spring is not just a season to the author, but both a natural and metaphysical event. How does Dillard understand spring? How do the creatures she observes help form her opinion? Use one story she has written about spring and animals to illustrate your answer.

Essay Topic 2

In the final chapter of the book, the reader can see that in attempting to understand the natural world, the author is attempting to understand its creator. How does Dillard blend her observations of the natural world with what becomes of her beliefs in a creator? Use some of her writing to illustrate your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

Dillard understands the world of predators better than that of parasites. She writes that at least one has a fighting chance when up against a predator. Why do you think she felt this way? Use examples in your discussion of the behavior of parasites and predators.

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