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 see as a passive mystery?

2. According to Dillard, how is the past healed?

3. What changes about the view around Dillard's home when winter comes?

4. What does the author say the future is?

5. In Chapter 2, Dillard talks of a game she played where she would hide what?

Short Essay Questions

1. The "Present", Chapter 6 is also about time, but a very specific part of it, the "now." What are some of Dillard's thoughts on being in the present?

2. 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?

3. What physics concept does Dillard use to write about observing muskrats? How does she use it?

4. What does Dillard believe about flowing water?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

"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?

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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