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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is used to pollinate the plants and to pollinate the trees?
(a) Humans
(b) Hummingbirds
(c) Scientists
(d) Bees

2. Life is able to adapt to environmental change over _____________, according to Carson.
(a) Millennia
(b) A decade
(c) A year
(d) A few months

3. What was not one of the results of the sprayings in Michigan?
(a) House pets were sickened
(b) People became ill
(c) Birds died
(d) The widespread death of the intended target

4. There is a disagreement among scientists about how much _______ can be safely stored in the body.
(a) DDT
(b) Arsenic
(c) Fat
(d) Water

5. Because synthetic pesticides are ______, they can easily poison intended and unintended targets.
(a) Dangerous
(b) Organic
(c) Lethal
(d) Widespread

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

7. Without plants, there could be no _________ of any kind.
(a) Greenery
(b) Pollution
(c) Animals
(d) Food

8. What group of substances includes insecticides and pesticides?
(a) Necessary evils
(b) Organic cleaners
(c) Toxic chemicals
(d) Helpful mixtures

9. What is contaminated with DDT so that it ends up affecting a human consumer of eggs?
(a) Chicken feed
(b) Hay in the barn
(c) Water
(d) Farmers

10. Bacteria, fungi, and algae are the smallest organisms of Earth and they live in the ________.
(a) Water
(b) Stones
(c) Air
(d) Soil

11. 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

12. What was the source of the contamination in the eagle population?
(a) Other birds
(b) Nests
(c) Trees
(d) Fish

13. 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) Were born
(d) Migrate

14. _____________ hurts the soil on a virtually permanent basis, according to Carson.
(a) Arsenic
(b) Corn crops
(c) DDT
(d) Wild orange oil

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

Short Answer Questions

1. The population of Japanese Beetles in sprayed areas is ______________ .

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

3. What was applied to a large area of Illinois over an 8 year period in order to try to control the Japanese Beetle?

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

5. What is plentiful in the streams, providing good fishing spots since early settler times?

(see the answer keys)

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