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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How was the large population of sagebrush destroyed in the West?
(a) Suffocation
(b) Physical removal
(c) Sprayings
(d) Burning

2. Continued use of pesticides could very well damage soil ___________.
(a) Over time
(b) In some areas
(c) Beyond repair
(d) Illegally

3. Only _________ have gained the ability to reserve the roles and actually change the environment they live in.
(a) Plants
(b) Animals
(c) Human beings
(d) Insects

4. What was applied to a large area of Illinois over an 8 year period in order to try to control the Japanese Beetle?
(a) ALdrin
(b) Dieldrin
(c) DDT
(d) Bitter orange

5. What is plentiful in the streams, providing good fishing spots since early settler times?
(a) Trout
(b) Guppies
(c) Insects
(d) Eels

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

7. For almost every human being on the planet, synthetic pesticides are present in _______ and probably in bodily tissues from the beginning.
(a) Powdered formula
(b) Water
(c) The placenta
(d) Mother's milk

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

9. What is the name for chemicals that mix with other pollutants and substances in the water, producing unidentifiable results?
(a) Sludge
(b) Gunk
(c) Trep
(d) Muck

10. Spring begins in the United States with the once-familiar ___________.
(a) Birdsong
(b) Heavy rains
(c) Temperature changes
(d) Storms

11. What happens to the people in the beginning description which puzzles doctors?
(a) They disappear
(b) They have green spots on their faces
(c) They become ill
(d) They begin to hurt each other

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

13. Plants and animals specifically ________ to live in whatever their environments are.
(a) Moved
(b) Killed
(c) Adapted
(d) Used control

14. Since the 1940s, more than 200 chemicals have been created for the purpose of _____________.
(a) Experimentation
(b) Pest control
(c) Pharmaceuticals
(d) War

15. What are numerous in both kind and in sheer quantity according to Carson in the opening of the book?
(a) Pebbles
(b) Cats
(c) Birds
(d) Lakes

Short Answer Questions

1. What are so popular that tourists come to see them every year?

2. Spraying for the ________ began in the 1950s and resulted in the death of robins.

3. What is contaminated with DDT so that it ends up affecting a human consumer of eggs?

4. What is the toxin which is released through nuclear explosion?

5. This kind of vegetable absorbs huge levels of poisons, which would have harmed humans if they had eaten the produce.

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