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 humans insulate themselves from the present, according to the author?

2. Why did Xerxes stop the advance of his entire army?

3. What sport does the author play come spring?

4. What does Dillard say hinders people from experiencing the now?

5. When Dillard moves from describing details of creation to trying to understand more about creation what is she doing?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Dillard muse on the "how" of creating?

3. This book alternately uplifts and depresses the sensitive reader. What did you find uplifting about the first chapter? Depressing?

4. In Chapter 3, what has the reader learned about Dillard's attitude towards living creatures?

5. How does Dillard see as the difference between plant and animal fecundity?

6. Up to now Dillard has tried to just "notice" creation. In Chapter 8, Section 2, her focus changes. How does her focus change and what might it symbolize?

7. What is her purpose in the mimicking?

8. Chapter 13 continues Dillard's musing on the "dog eat dog" world especially as it relates to parasites. How does Dillard view the parasitic relationship?

9. Dillard discusses the concept of the world as being "old and ragged." How does she relate that to the natural world and her own life?

10. Why do the Eskimos hunt in the fall and what can happen if they fail?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In chapter fourteen, Dillard wants to go "northing," as a means to pare down to the essence. She will not go "northing" this year, but she will wait where she is and welcome the North wind as it scours the land around her. What do you think she means by wanting to go "northing?" Discuss both the physical aspect and the mystical or spiritual aspect of this term as Dillard uses it.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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