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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. Who has poisoned the entire environment, according to Carson as she will prove in this book?
(a) Animals
(b) Insects
(c) People
(d) Plants

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

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

4. What was the source of the contamination in the eagle population?
(a) Other birds
(b) Trees
(c) Nests
(d) Fish

5. __________ are simply plants that are in the wrong place at the wrong time.
(a) Flowers
(b) Trees
(c) Bushes
(d) Weeds

Short Answer Questions

1. Where was the population of Japanese Beetles effectively controlled?

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

4. Herbicides can change the _________ of plants, making toxic plants more appealing to animals.

5. In 1960, in the Klamath/Tule Lake region, agricultural pesticides were collected in the water bodies of a _____________.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are some of the ways humans have done great damage to other life forms, according to Carson?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What is contained in food that is another source of lethal chemicals in the human body?

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

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