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 long can a horsehair worm grow?

2. How did Radford, Virginia decide to control their starling problem?

3. What about the creek creates healing sounds?

4. At a ranch, Dillard drew a horse. It wasn't a good picture. Others who lived at the ranch drew great horses. Why?

5. Dillard says that a particular object remains unseen until what happens?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Dillard question both the morality and the compassion of nature?

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

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

5. Dillard remembers once seeing migrating Canadian geese fly, speeding across the duck pond which leads her to think what?

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

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

8. The first section of Chapter 8 is titled, "Intricacy." What might this title mean and how does Dillard's writing change to reflect this?

9. What might Dillard's fascination and stories about the praying mantis demonstrate?

10. Dillard is somewhat obsessed with how creation reproduces itself and the excess with which it does so. How might this "obsession" relate to Dillard's own life or self?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Dillard's encounter with the circular snake skin. How did she use it in thinking about time? Do you agree with her beliefs about time? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Dillard's story about the tomcat in chapter one. Why did Dillard include this story in the book? What might be the meaning of this story?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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