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. How did Radford, Virginia decide to control their starling problem?

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

3. Dillard says the agnostic asks who created the universe. What does a believer ask?

4. How long can a horsehair worm grow?

5. What does Dillard find out when she takes her first course in French?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Briefly tell the story written in Chapter 15 about a young man and his mother.

4. How does Dillard muse on the "how" of creating?

5. Describe Dillard's visit to a horse ranch and what happened.

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

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

8. How does Dillard believe her time at Tinker Creek has helped her?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Dillard often uses stories from the Eskimo culture to help her pull meaning from her observations. Discuss two of the stories Dillard has told from the Eskimo culture and their relevance to some knowledge she was trying to work through.

Essay Topic 2

How does Dillard feel about harming creatures? What are some of the incidents from her childhood that helped formed these ideas? Do you agree with her? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Dillard's story about the tomcat in chapter one. Why did Dillard include this story in the book? What might be the meaning of this story?

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