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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. _____________ hurts the soil on a virtually permanent basis, according to Carson.
(a) Wild orange oil
(b) Arsenic
(c) Corn crops
(d) DDT

2. What is the most important earth-dwelling creature, according to Carson?
(a) Earthworm
(b) Millipede
(c) Mouse
(d) Mole

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

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

5. DDT seems to be able to be stored in the __________ tissues of the body.
(a) Muscle
(b) Lean
(c) Fatty
(d) Outer

Short Answer Questions

1. Not only do chemicals hurt the soil, but they also ____________ the soil for years.

2. Toxic substances work to stop the body's natural functions; some of them may cause __________ to begin growing.

3. Spring begins in the United States with the once-familiar ___________.

4. The town Carson describes is one where townsfolk and farmers and wildlife all live in _____________.

5. ______________ birds have also died as a result of the elm spraying.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens when the fat stores of the fish are being drawn upon for energy?

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

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

5. What is the 'window' that is referred to in the title of this chapter of the book?

6. What caused the widespread application of chemicals in the time of World War II?

7. What is the name of the cancer that develops rapidly in patients?

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

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

10. What does Carson say the major public health problems used to be caused by?

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