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. What sport does the author play come spring?

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

3. How are Eskimos able to survive in such a harsh environment as theirs?

4. What does Dillard believe about nature and change?

5. In Chapter 3, Dillard stalks a bird along the iced over creek. What kind of bird was it?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. 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?

8. How is the story about the caddisfly applicable to Dillard's obsession with the present?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Dillard questions why insects seem so violent. She includes numerous examples and personal observations illustrating what seems to be violent behavior in insects. Describe some of her examples, including the insect's specific behavior and Dillard's thoughts when writing about the insect. Do you agree with Dillard's assessment? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss "literal" seeing and "figurative" seeing as Dillard uses them. Give examples of each. How do these two terms relate to your life?

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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