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

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

3. Chemicals can travel down ___________ or in underground aquifers to the bodies of water.
(a) Watersheds
(b) Streets
(c) Sewers
(d) Mountains

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

5. The business of chemical _______ is booming because people approach plant life without thinking about any perspective but their own immediate desires.
(a) Fragrances
(b) Cosmetics
(c) Cleaners
(d) Weed killers

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the toxin which is released through nuclear explosion?

2. The population of Japanese Beetles in sprayed areas is ______________ .

3. Repeated spraying lead to poisoned environments in which not only are resident creatures killed, but also those that _________ there.

4. __________ are simply plants that are in the wrong place at the wrong time.

5. ____________ can eliminate only the unwanted plants and give the beneficial plants a chance to thrive.

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the smallest organisms on the Earth which live in the soil?

2. What happens during the sterilization method of insect control?

3. What were the results of the spraying of the Japanese beetle in Michigan in 1959?

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

5. What happened in Clear Lake, California in the 1940s and 1950s?

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

7. What human function is adversely affected by exposure to chemicals and to radiation, disrupting the universal currency of energy?

8. What has the environment played an important role in forming, according to this chapter?

9. What are some of the reasons why DDT is so harmful to fish?

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

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