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

2. The _________ of Wyoming which supported many animal species were unintentionally killed, leading to massive animal death.
(a) Sagebrush
(b) Willows
(c) Trees
(d) Weeds

3. Without the Earth's ________, there could be no plants.
(a) Water
(b) Soil
(c) Light
(d) Human help

4. In 1960, in the Klamath/Tule Lake region, agricultural pesticides were collected in the water bodies of a _____________.
(a) Swimming pool
(b) Toilet
(c) Wildlife refuge
(d) Library

5. What did the birds provide naturally that made their deaths all the more significant?
(a) Pest control
(b) Eggs
(c) Migration patterns
(d) Songs

Short Answer Questions

1. There is evidence that chemicals travel via ____________.

2. Continued use of pesticides could very well damage soil ___________.

3. Wildlife is unlikely to bounce back after _________ that kill large numbers of their kind.

4. What group of substances includes insecticides and pesticides?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is happening to insects, even though there have been mass applications of chemicals to get rid of them?

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

3. What is an unexpected result of the deaths of many birds within an area?

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

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

6. What do more American children die from today than from any other disease, according to the book as it was written in its own time period?

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

8. What do our individual bodies have that the larger environment does as well?

9. Describe the chemical arsenic, what it does, and how it is used in the world in today's times.

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

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