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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Where are the answer to #163 going?
2. What serves as a catalyst to ready the birds for migration?
3. How much impact on any of the creatures, mountains, or creek around her does the author think she has?
4. What is the other type of poisonous snake besides the answer in #139, that lives around the creek area?
5. What does Dillard mean when she says she's willing to sacrifice a little blood in order to be "in the thick of things?"
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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 3
The present is fleet. One barely glimpses it, and it is gone, Dillard writes. What is the present, according to the author? Why try to stay in it? How does the present compare to the past or the future? Have you ever tried to stay in the moment? Describe one situation when the author tried to stay in the now. Do you think it's possible to stay just in the now? Why or why not?
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