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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. The organic ____________ insecticides like Malathion and parathion are in wide use in 1962, when the book was written.
(a) Arsenic
(b) Phosphorus
(c) Carbon
(d) Boron

2. Wildlife biologists and forestry experts __________ the mass killings of so much life.
(a) Decry
(b) Support
(c) Are guilty of
(d) Assist in

3. What was not one of the results of the sprayings in Michigan?
(a) House pets were sickened
(b) Birds died
(c) People became ill
(d) The widespread death of the intended target

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

5. Radiation used to be limited to that which occurred naturally - in rocks, cosmic rays, and __________.
(a) Bombs
(b) Sunlight
(c) Charcoal
(d) Trees

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the source of the contamination in the eagle population?

2. This kind of vegetable absorbs huge levels of poisons, which would have harmed humans if they had eaten the produce.

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

4. The Earth's soil is a ______________ of living creatures, all interdependent.

5. In the modern world, life does not have the luxury of ________.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What was the cause of the salmon population downfall in the Miramichi River?

3. What happens when plants grow within the chemically-laced soil?

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

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

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

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

8. What does man want to replace the American West's sagebrush with?

9. Where does radiation tend to occur naturally, as it has for many years before the time of the humans?

10. What are synthetic pesticides now made of, as opposed to the naturally occurring minerals which were once used before the war?

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