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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 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

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

How does Dillard feel about harming creatures? What are some of the incidents from her childhood that helped formed these ideas? Do you agree with her? Why or why not?

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