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

2. One branch of Jewish philosophy believes that part of the responsibility of humans is to do what?

3. How do honey bees survive the cold of winter?

4. What does Dillard suggest is a similarity between her and plankton?

5. When Dillard is looking at a stream, where does she look?

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 watches a mosquito feed on a copperhead snake. What does she think of the act?

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

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

5. What does Dillard say about the trauma of people blind since birth who get their sight?

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

7. This Chapter is called "Fixed." What are some of Dillard's observations and thoughts that illustrate this title?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In chapter three, "Winter," Dillard suggests that with or without human interference, nature continues to exist. What do you think she meant by this? Give two examples and explain why the examples illustrate this principle.

Essay Topic 2

Dillard questions why insects seem so violent. She includes numerous examples and personal observations illustrating what seems to be violent behavior in insects. Describe some of her examples, including the insect's specific behavior and Dillard's thoughts when writing about the insect. Do you agree with Dillard's assessment? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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