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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In the modern world, life does not have the luxury of ________.
(a) Time
(b) Research
(c) Control
(d) Money

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

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

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

5. This kind of vegetable absorbs huge levels of poisons, which would have harmed humans if they had eaten the produce.
(a) Peppers
(b) Beans
(c) Tomato
(d) Carrot

6. Herbicides can change the _________ of plants, making toxic plants more appealing to animals.
(a) Metabolism
(b) Color
(c) Appearance
(d) Taste

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

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

9. Radiation used to be limited to that which occurred naturally - in rocks, cosmic rays, and __________.
(a) Bombs
(b) Sunlight
(c) Charcoal
(d) Trees

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

11. DDT is passed long through the ___________ during the course of nearly everyone's life.
(a) Exhaust fumes
(b) Food chain
(c) Packaged foods
(d) Air

12. 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) Cleaners
(d) Fragrances

13. There is evidence that chemicals travel via ____________.
(a) Groundwater
(b) Animals
(c) The air
(d) Crops

14. Throughout earth's history, living things have __________ with their environment but not changed it.
(a) Interacted
(b) Tinkered
(c) Grown
(d) Battled

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. There is a disagreement among scientists about how much _______ can be safely stored in the body.

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

4. In 1960, in the Klamath/Tule Lake region, agricultural pesticides were collected in the water bodies of a _____________.

5. The organic ____________ insecticides like Malathion and parathion are in wide use in 1962, when the book was written.

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