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 the author believe separates humans from their creator and humans from each other?

2. In Chapter 4 what does Dillard use for controlling garden insects?

3. Even though she is no scientist, what did Dillard decide she will do in her valley?

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

5. What does Dillard say happens the moment you are aware of the present?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the two ways of seeing, according to Dillard.

4. Dillard watches a mosquito feed on a copperhead snake. What does she think of the act?

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

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

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

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

9. Chapter 13 continues Dillard's musing on the "dog eat dog" world especially as it relates to parasites. How does Dillard view the parasitic relationship?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

In this first section of chapter ten, which is titled "Fecundity," Dillard ponders the difference between the excess of plants versus that of animals. Throughout the book she has discussed various ways in which some creatures procreate. She also writes about human reaction to the proliferation of plants versus animals, especially insects. Discuss at least three of the animals Dillard has mentioned and their reproductive methods. Why do you think humans would find overwhelming plant reproduction less repugnant than animal reproduction?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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