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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. What group of substances includes insecticides and pesticides?
(a) Necessary evils
(b) Organic cleaners
(c) Toxic chemicals
(d) Helpful mixtures

2. Continued use of pesticides could very well damage soil ___________.
(a) Illegally
(b) Over time
(c) Beyond repair
(d) In some areas

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Chemicals can travel down ___________ or in underground aquifers to the bodies of water.

2. The majority of the Earth's surface is covered with __________.

3. The organic ____________ insecticides like Malathion and parathion are in wide use in 1962, when the book was written.

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

5. Bacteria, fungi, and algae are the smallest organisms of Earth and they live in the ________.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. According to Carson, what does a chemically weakened environment open the door to?

3. What are some examples of products from a person's everyday life that can contain harmful chemicals?

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

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

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

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

8. What are some of the diseases that insects can carry which are harmful to humans?

9. What happens to the liver when it processes chemicals in the body?

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

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