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

2. The campaign in the American West to replace _______ with grass is one example of man's arrogant approach to plants.

3. For almost every human being on the planet, synthetic pesticides are present in _______ and probably in bodily tissues from the beginning.

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

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. How has infectious disease been controlled in modern society?

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

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

4. Where does radiation tend to occur naturally, as it has for many years before the time of the humans?

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

6. What happens when plants grow within the chemically-laced soil?

7. What are the smallest organisms on the Earth which live in the soil?

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

9. What has the environment played an important role in forming, according to this chapter?

10. What is the basis of all life function, according to Carson's writing in this chapter?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The idea of weeds seems to be more of a man made idea rather than a real threat to the world.

Part 1: Describe how Carson sees the presence of weeds in relation to humans.

Part 2: Why are weeds still important to the Earth?

Part 3: Describe the example of the sagebrush versus the grasslands in the American West.

Essay Topic 2

But the truth is that mass spraying is not the only source of chemical contamination in the world.

Part 1: What are some other causes of chemical contamination in the world?

Part 2: Is most people's chemical exposure little by little or in one large dose? Why?

Part 3: What are some of the everyday sources of chemicals in our lives?

Essay Topic 3

Carson attempts to explain that humanity's ever growing need to control the world is actually what is damaging it the most.

Part 1: What are some ways in which humanity attempts to control the natural world?

Part 2: What are the aftereffects of these methods of control?

Part 3: How can controls be altered so that they are not harmful in their applications?

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