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

3. What are numerous in both kind and in sheer quantity according to Carson in the opening of the book?

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

5. What is the name for chemicals that mix with other pollutants and substances in the water, producing unidentifiable results?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is seawater not able to be used for on the Earth?

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

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

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

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

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

8. Why do the tourists come to see the birds, as stated in this opening chapter?

9. What did the chemical warfare of World War II lead to?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

As all of the Earth's water systems are connected, the pollution of one means the pollution of them all.

Part 1: Summarize one of the examples Carson presents in Chapter 4. What happened during this time of water pollution?

Part 2: What are the main concerns with it comes to water pollution?

Part 3: Is there any way to stop water pollution? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Nature, despite all the humans do to it, still seems to put up a fight when it comes to the damage humans cause.

Part 1: In what ways does Nature fight back against pollution?

Part 2: Why don't we just let Nature take care of itself instead of taking control of the pollution situation?

Part 3: What are the two critical facts that humans overlook when it comes to nature?

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