Pilgrim at Tinker Creek Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How long does the migration of monarchs continue?

2. In Chapter 13, Dillard spies a snake. What kind is it?

3. Dillard believes that few humans have been as cruel as what, in the natural world?

4. In this book the author is not only striving to understand the natural world, but to understand this acceptance:

5. What does Dillard believe is destroyed in the flood?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

In this first section of chapter ten, which is titled "Fecundity," Dillard ponders the difference between the excess of plants versus that of animals. Throughout the book she has discussed various ways in which some creatures procreate. She also writes about human reaction to the proliferation of plants versus animals, especially insects. Discuss at least three of the animals Dillard has mentioned and their reproductive methods. Why do you think humans would find overwhelming plant reproduction less repugnant than animal reproduction?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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