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

2. In Chapter 4 what does Dillard use for controlling garden insects?

3. In Chapter 7 who gravitates towards the circle on the bottom of Dillard's fishbowl?

4. What does Dillard say happens the moment you are aware of the present?

5. What does the author see as an active mystery?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Dillard tie in Moses with her observations at Tinker Creek?

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

3. What is are augenblicks and how what does Dillard do with them?

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

5. In most of this book, what does Dillard primarily see about nature and how does it affect her?

6. What is the story that Dillard relates about the Polyphemus moth and how does it show a possible origin of her attitude towards creatures?

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

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

9. What is her purpose in the mimicking?

10. Dillard writes a mystical account of a real encounter with a goldfinch. Briefly describe what she wrote.

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

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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