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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The town Carson describes is one where townsfolk and farmers and wildlife all live in _____________.
(a) Conflict
(b) Misery
(c) The same place
(d) Harmony

2. ____________ can eliminate only the unwanted plants and give the beneficial plants a chance to thrive.
(a) Dangerous chemicals
(b) Targeted extermination
(c) Selective spraying
(d) Herbicides

3. Without the Earth's ________, there could be no plants.
(a) Soil
(b) Water
(c) Human help
(d) Light

4. The population of Japanese Beetles in sprayed areas is ______________ .
(a) Larger than ever
(b) Unchanged
(c) Going down
(d) Gone

5. __________ are simply plants that are in the wrong place at the wrong time.
(a) Bushes
(b) Weeds
(c) Trees
(d) Flowers

6. Repeated spraying lead to poisoned environments in which not only are resident creatures killed, but also those that _________ there.
(a) Are near to
(b) Visiting
(c) Migrate
(d) Were born

7. DDT seems to be able to be stored in the __________ tissues of the body.
(a) Outer
(b) Muscle
(c) Fatty
(d) Lean

8. How long can chemicals remain in the soil to which they are applied?
(a) 1 year
(b) 1 month
(c) A few days
(d) 12 years

9. The organic ____________ insecticides like Malathion and parathion are in wide use in 1962, when the book was written.
(a) Phosphorus
(b) Boron
(c) Carbon
(d) Arsenic

10. _____________ must discern for themselves who is telling the truth.
(a) Scientists
(b) Citizens
(c) Media
(d) Researchers

11. The Earth's soil is a ______________ of living creatures, all interdependent.
(a) Community
(b) Nest
(c) City
(d) Bed

12. Because animals are affected by chemicals, scientists are having a hard time finding uncontaminated animals to serve as _________ in experiments.
(a) Subjects
(b) Examples
(c) Helpers
(d) Controls

13. Farms and orchards do NOT include these trees, in Carson's description.
(a) Maple
(b) Birch
(c) Palm
(d) Pine

14. Other crops show signs of damage or ______ when planted in contaminated soil.
(a) Stunted growth
(b) Better taste
(c) Death
(d) Unnatural height

15. Much of the world's water is polluted by ________ from many sources.
(a) Dirt
(b) Animals
(c) Waste
(d) Nuclear plants

Short Answer Questions

1. Large-scale, single-crop farming eliminates the _______________ that provided built in control of pests.

2. The _________ of Wyoming which supported many animal species were unintentionally killed, leading to massive animal death.

3. Toxic substances work to stop the body's natural functions; some of them may cause __________ to begin growing.

4. The campaign in the American West to replace _______ with grass is one example of man's arrogant approach to plants.

5. What lingers on the rooftops in Carson's description of the demise of the environment?

(see the answer keys)

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