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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Dillard is sometimes allowed one brief glimpse of a creature. What does she call these glimpses?
2. How large might a root system for winter rye grass plant grow?
3. Dillard believes that few humans have been as cruel as what, in the natural world?
4. When moving towards a muskrat, how does one keep from scaring it?
5. What percentage of insects are parasites?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Chapter One is title, "Heaven and Earth in Jest." What do you think Dillard meant by this title? What might be the jest? Does it seem true to you?
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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