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. What does the term the term "northing" mean?

2. What lures birds of all species out of their summer hiding places?

3. How large might a root system for winter rye grass plant grow?

4. In Chapter 13, Dillard quotes Van Gogh. What did she quote?

5. What makes birds harder to watch than insects?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

"Seeing," is the title of chapter two because the author realizes that in order to first discover and then understand, she must be able to see. What does Dillard mean by "seeing?" Is that different than "looking?" If you looked at an object would you call "seeing" it one thing and "looking" at it another? Why? What would the difference be?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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