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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. The Earth itself is ________ only as long as the creatures within it are.
(a) Clean
(b) Promising
(c) Useful
(d) Healthy

4. Toxic substances work to stop the body's natural functions; some of them may cause __________ to begin growing.
(a) Resistance
(b) Cancer cells
(c) Arms
(d) Poisonous reactions

5. Attempts to control a particular ________ in Clear Lake, California resulted in massive bird death.
(a) Bird
(b) Gnat
(c) Spider
(d) Fish

6. The business of chemical _______ is booming because people approach plant life without thinking about any perspective but their own immediate desires.
(a) Cosmetics
(b) Weed killers
(c) Fragrances
(d) Cleaners

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

8. The town Carson describes _________ actually exist.
(a) Can
(b) Does
(c) Will
(d) Does not

9. The campaign in the American West to replace _______ with grass is one example of man's arrogant approach to plants.
(a) Sand
(b) Cacti
(c) Trees
(d) Sagebrush

10. Who was intended to benefit from the removal of sagebrush from the American West?
(a) Livestock
(b) Lizards
(c) Other plant species
(d) Birds

11. In 1960, in the Klamath/Tule Lake region, agricultural pesticides were collected in the water bodies of a _____________.
(a) Library
(b) Toilet
(c) Wildlife refuge
(d) Swimming pool

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

13. Studies on the __________ in areas previously sprayed with DDT have confirmed that DDT remains in the birds at least one generation after the spraying.
(a) Hawks
(b) Eagles
(c) Robins
(d) Buzzards

14. If a robin did not die, it often suffered from __________ as a result of being exposed to DDT.
(a) Cancer
(b) Blindness
(c) Deafness
(d) Sterility

15. Every human being now has contact with _________ every moment of his life - even from conception.
(a) Pests
(b) Dangerous chemicals
(c) Nature
(d) Insects

Short Answer Questions

1. Farms and orchards do NOT include these trees, in Carson's description.

2. What was one of the chemicals used in the massive spraying in #78?

3. What did the birds provide naturally that made their deaths all the more significant?

4. Large areas of Michigan were sprayed in 1959 in order to try to control what insect?

5. Humans hold a narrow view of _________, using them when they are immediately useful only.

(see the answer keys)

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