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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Humans hold a narrow view of _________, using them when they are immediately useful only.
(a) Trees
(b) Pests
(c) Animals
(d) Plants

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. ______________ birds have also died as a result of the elm spraying.

2. How long can chemicals remain in the soil to which they are applied?

3. Without plants, there could be no _________ of any kind.

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What do the mitochondria of cells do within the body?

2. What were the results of the gypsy moth spraying in 1956?

3. What is an unexpected result of the deaths of many birds within an area?

4. What happens when the bees are suddenly gone from this beautiful American town?

5. What is the 'window' that is referred to in the title of this chapter of the book?

6. Why are chemicals seen as so harmful to the soil and to the life within the soil?

7. What are the relatively new sources of water pollution, according to this book?

8. Why is the eradication of the sagebrush not going to be an effective move for humans?

9. What is happening to insects, even though there have been mass applications of chemicals to get rid of them?

10. What kinds of trees are in the forests described in this chapter?

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