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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. ____________ can eliminate only the unwanted plants and give the beneficial plants a chance to thrive.
(a) Dangerous chemicals
(b) Herbicides
(c) Selective spraying
(d) Targeted extermination

2. Chemical insecticides and herbicides are challenging because they are _____________.
(a) Ignored
(b) Difficult to detect
(c) Sometimes safe
(d) Hidden from view

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

4. The Earth itself is ________ only as long as the creatures within it are.
(a) Promising
(b) Clean
(c) Useful
(d) Healthy

5. Chemical wielding __________ overlook the terrible flaws in their programs of blanket spraying.
(a) Biologists
(b) Corporate moguls
(c) Entomologists
(d) Hippies

Short Answer Questions

1. In England, the treatment of _______ with chemicals resulted in widespread bird deaths.

2. In many cases, the spraying is killing wildflowers which attract ___________.

3. What did the earthworms dine on that infected them with DDT?

4. The title of this chapter comes from Jean Rostand: "The obligation to endure gives us the right to ___________."

5. Due to pollution in its environment, this kind of bird has suffered from extensive population reduction and sterility issues.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is it strange that a program was launched against the Southern population of fire ants?

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

3. Describe the cycle of life between the soil, plants, and the animals.

4. What is the environmental problem that results from all of the water sources of the Earth being connected to each other?

5. What happened when people in Wyoming unintentionally destroyed the willows in a particular area?

6. What is seawater not able to be used for on the Earth?

7. What are some examples of products from a person's everyday life that can contain harmful chemicals?

8. What have red ants been used for in the matter of forest hygiene?

9. What did the chemical warfare of World War II lead to?

10. What are two of the factors which are contributing to the chemical deposits in the earth, water, and living tissues?

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