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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

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

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 3

In the first part of chapter eight, the author goes into great detail about many phenomena of the natural world. Write about some of the details she has written. How has her writing changed in this chapter to reflect the theme of the intricacy of nature?

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