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. The roadsides are lush with trees, ferns, and ____________.

2. Who has poisoned the entire environment, according to Carson as she will prove in this book?

3. What was applied to a large area of Illinois over an 8 year period in order to try to control the Japanese Beetle?

4. What is used to pollinate the plants and to pollinate the trees?

5. Studies on the __________ in areas previously sprayed with DDT have confirmed that DDT remains in the birds at least one generation after the spraying.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What happened when people in Wyoming unintentionally destroyed the willows in a particular area?

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

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

6. What puzzles the doctors during the mysterious blight in this area?

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

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

9. What kinds of foods contain the highest levels of chemicals?

10. How has infectious disease been controlled in modern society?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The loss of the songs of the birds is a frightening idea to many readers. In trying to control the world, the birds are leaving for other areas or dying off completely.

Part 1: Describe why the birds are leaving certain areas.

Part 2: Summarize the Dutch Elm Disease response and how it affected bird populations.

Part 3: What might have been a more natural response to the Dutch Elm Disease problem?

Essay Topic 2

Pests are some of the main targets of chemicals in the world. Humans try to kill pests every chance they get, in a variety of different ways and for numerous reasons.

Part 1: What are some of the pests humans try to rid the world of?

Part 2: What happens when a pest is eradicated from an area?

Part 3: What happens to the soil that is in the area where the pests have been eradicated?

Essay Topic 3

The use of pesticides is so rampant that it is causing troubles already, even at the time that this book was published in 1965.

Part 1: Why are pesticides so rampant in the world?

Part 2: What do scientists have a hard time doing because of the widespread use of pesticides?

Part 3: What are some of the physical effects of pesticide use? Where are pesticides now found?

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