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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) Animals
(b) Plants
(c) Trees
(d) Pests

2. The roadsides are lush with trees, ferns, and ____________.
(a) Stones
(b) Birds
(c) Wildflowers
(d) Soil

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

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

5. Wildlife is unlikely to bounce back after _________ that kill large numbers of their kind.
(a) Fires
(b) Temperatures
(c) Sprayings
(d) Weather patterns

Short Answer Questions

1. The town Carson describes is one where townsfolk and farmers and wildlife all live in _____________.

2. Studies on the __________ in areas previously sprayed with DDT have confirmed that DDT remains in the birds at least one generation after the spraying.

3. What group of substances includes insecticides and pesticides?

4. In ___________ in the 1950s, the chemical that appeared in the water had actually been created spontaneously by the interaction of other chemicals present.

5. Throughout earth's history, living things have __________ with their environment but not changed it.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What makes humans different from the plants and animals in nature, with regard to their ability to do?

3. Why did so many birds die as a result of the spraying for Dutch Elm Disease?

4. How has infectious disease been controlled in modern society?

5. What is unlikely to bounce back after spraying that kill large numbers of their kind?

6. What does Carson encourage readers to do in relation to the information they receive about pollution and pest control?

7. What happens when the fat stores of the fish are being drawn upon for energy?

8. What were some of the lies the government told about the fire any population?

9. Why do the tourists come to see the birds, as stated in this opening chapter?

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

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