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 does Dillard believe is healing?

2. What does Dillard see as a passive mystery?

3. How are ladybugs shipped to gardeners?

4. How do mice reach the grain at the top of a stalk?

5. How do blind people who suddenly gain sight usually see objects at first?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Dillard tie in Moses with her observations at Tinker Creek?

2. What is kayak sickness?

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

4. 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?

5. In Chapter 11, Dillard is mimicking a group of people. Who is she mimicking and why? How do you know this?

6. In the second section of Chapter 11, Dillard stays almost exclusively focused on one topic, seldom straying. Why do you think she is staying so focused?

7. The first section of Chapter 8 is titled, "Intricacy." What might this title mean and how does Dillard's writing change to reflect this?

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

9. Dillard spends the entire chapter dealing with the passing of a hurricane. How does the theme of "floods" relate to other parts of the book?

10. How does Dillard feel about "shadows?" What does she write to show those feelings?

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

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 3

"Seeing," is the title of chapter two because the author realizes that in order to first discover and then understand, she must be able to see. What does Dillard mean by "seeing?" Is that different than "looking?" If you looked at an object would you call "seeing" it one thing and "looking" at it another? Why? What would the difference be?

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