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. Chlorophyll has a single atom of what substance in the center?

2. What did Dillard do at one time about insects as a child?

3. When Dillard raps on the goldfish bowl, what does the fish do?

4. According to Dillard, the "simple" is transformed by evolution into what?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. When Dillard scrapes the wings of a couple dead butterflies, what might this symbolize?

2. In the second section of Chapter 11, Dillard stays almost exclusively focused on one topic, seldom straying. Why do you think she is staying so focused?

3. What is her purpose in the mimicking?

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

5. What story does Dillard tell about a Native American woman and winter?

6. Write a brief description of what Dillard knows and observes about monarch butterflies.

7. Dillard states that once one accepts the inevitability of death, the rest is easy. What might she mean by that?

8. What is kayak sickness?

9. Briefly tell the story written in Chapter 15 about a young man and his mother.

10. How does Dillard feel about "shadows?" What does she write to show those feelings?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Up to the second section of chapter eight, Dillard has primarily described details of creation. In the second part of the chapter she moves to trying to understand more about creation, and, as such, moves from logic to mysticism. Discuss the writing she has used to show this shift from observing creation to trying to understand it. What might it mean to say this moves the author from logic to mysticism?

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 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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