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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did the birds provide naturally that made their deaths all the more significant?
(a) Eggs
(b) Migration patterns
(c) Pest control
(d) Songs

2. Spraying for the ________ began in the 1950s and resulted in the death of robins.
(a) Fire ants
(b) French beetles
(c) Dutch Elm Disease
(d) Gypsy moth

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. 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) Buzzards
(b) Hawks
(c) Eagles
(d) Robins

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

12. Who has poisoned the entire environment, according to Carson as she will prove in this book?
(a) Animals
(b) Insects
(c) Plants
(d) People

13. All of the Earth's watersystems are _____________, so contamination of a part is contamination of the whole.
(a) Dirty
(b) Separate
(c) At risk
(d) Connected

14. Where was the population of Japanese Beetles effectively controlled?
(a) West
(b) East
(c) North
(d) South

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

Short Answer Questions

1. The Earth itself is ________ only as long as the creatures within it are.

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

3. Humans __________ plants when an an immediate use is not obvious for a plant.

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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