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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 long does it take a tree to recreate ninety-nine percent of its living parts?

2. How does Dillard visualize the present?

3. How does the author say one can obtain "unself-conscious state?"

4. How do humans insulate themselves from the present, according to the author?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why do you think this chapter could have been titled "Potential?"

3. What is the story that Dillard relates about the Polyphemus moth and how does it show a possible origin of her attitude towards creatures?

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

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

6. What does Dillard believe about flowing water?

7. Dillard still rails against the seeming cruelty of nature; however, what else is she seeing by Chapter 13?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Describe some of the scenes Dillard writes of from winters in her past. What had she observed that was cruel? What that was compassionate? Do you think winter lends itself more to cruel behavior than kindness? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Describe Dillard's encounter with the circular snake skin. How did she use it in thinking about time? Do you agree with her beliefs about time? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about praying mantis. Include Dillard's observations, her knowledge from other sources, her reactions and feeling towards praying mantis and any beliefs she may have formed because of her thoughts on this insect.

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