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 do ladybugs hibernate?

2. How much of life which has ever been created, is living at the present time?

3. Before a baby can distinguish objects, what kind does it prefer?

4. What is one of Dillard's main occupations in the winter?

5. Dillard thought once that awesome artistry can be laced with savagery. To what did she refer?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Dillard uses stories from the pre-modern Eskimo culture throughout this book. Why do you think she connects so strongly with this culture?

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

5. What is her purpose in the mimicking?

6. Chapter One is titled, "Heaven and Earth in Jest." Why do you think this was the title chosen for this first chapter?

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

8. What does Dillard conclude when she attempts to "view" creation from the standpoint of God?

9. Why do you think the story about the coot might be significant?

10. In Chapter 12, Dillard observes the world at night. Considering the grasshoppers leads her into thoughts of locusts. How did early people see locusts, and where does Dillard's thoughts on them lead?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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