Silent Spring Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Repeated spraying lead to poisoned environments in which not only are resident creatures killed, but also those that _________ there.

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

3. Plants growing in contaminated soil may carry the contaminants into their _____________.

4. Farms and orchards do NOT include these trees, in Carson's description.

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What kinds of trees are in the forests described in this chapter?

9. Why is the eagle population suffering in relation to the chemicals being used in pest control?

10. Where does people's chemical exposure mainly come from, according to Carson?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Carson offers solutions to the troubles of 'weeds' and insects as well, not just a litany of troubles that are being caused by man's need for control.

Part 1: What are some ways Carson says one could naturally control the spread of 'weeds'?

Part 2: What are some of the ways Carson suggests to control insects that are unwanted in a particular area?

Part 3: Doesn't any form of control harm the environment? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

The cycle between the various areas of the environment begins to reveal just how intertwined everything is - and how horrible it would be if one part of the cycle is disrupted.

Part 1: Describe the cycle that takes place between the plants, the soil, and the animals.

Part 2: Why is the soil so important in this life cycle?

Part 3: What is the role of the insects and the mites in the soil?

Essay Topic 3

To help avoid using too many chemicals, some people have resorted to selective spraying.

Part 1: Describe what selective spraying is and how it is used in the world.

Part 2: What are the advantages of selective spraying?

Part 3: What are the disadvantages to selective spraying?

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