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. In Chapter 13, the author is beginning to find a balance in her thinking about nature. What is that balance?

2. In Chapter 14, what have arrived in swarm from the Hudson Bay area?

3. What is necessary in order for the the gooseneck barnacle to reproduce?

4. What does the author believe about the difference between abundant plant life and abundant insect life?

5. Eskimos believe it is a great honor to be incarnated as what?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Describe some of the scenes Dillard writes of from winters in her past. What had she observed that was cruel? What that was compassionate? Do you think winter lends itself more to cruel behavior than kindness? Why?

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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