Pilgrim at Tinker Creek Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. If you remove the answer in question #86 from chlorophyll, you create a molecule of what?

2. Before a baby can distinguish objects, what kind does it prefer?

3. Dillard opens this first chapter remembering this animal.

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

5. What does Dillard suggest is a similarity between her and plankton?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Dillard remembers once seeing migrating Canadian geese fly, speeding across the duck pond which leads her to think what?

3. What does Dillard mean by the phase, "sinking into her center?" How does she use this technique?

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

5. 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?

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

7. 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?

8. What does Dillard believe about flowing water?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Chapter One is title, "Heaven and Earth in Jest." What do you think Dillard meant by this title? What might be the jest? Does it seem true to you?

Essay Topic 2

One day while hiking, Dillard comes upon a coot, a water bird, notorious for its shyness. Dillard spends a great deal of space writing about her encounter with the coot. Describe the encounter and what Dillard thinks she learned from it.

Essay Topic 3

In chapter fourteen, Dillard wants to go "northing," as a means to pare down to the essence. She will not go "northing" this year, but she will wait where she is and welcome the North wind as it scours the land around her. What do you think she means by wanting to go "northing?" Discuss both the physical aspect and the mystical or spiritual aspect of this term as Dillard uses it.

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