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. DDT is passed long through the ___________ during the course of nearly everyone's life.

2. What is not one of the animal species which are bolstered by the inclusion of sagebrush in the West?

3. Chemical insecticides and herbicides are challenging because they are _____________.

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How are commercial fishermen affected by the spread of chemicals among the fish population?

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

4. What was the immediate and devastating result of the spraying of the land for Dutch Elm Disease?

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

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

7. What is happening to insects, even though there have been mass applications of chemicals to get rid of them?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

In the chapter, "Rivers of Death," the plight of the salmon is described in detail.

Part 1: What is the problem with the salmon as described by Carson?

Part 2: How might this problem have affected the surrounding areas?

Part 3: Why can't the fish population help itself? What are some of the ways in which they are going to have a lot of troubles rebounding from this decimation?

Essay Topic 3

Pesticides are the main concern of Carson throughout this book, and with good reason.

Part 1: List some of the chemicals which Carson describes in detail in this book.

Part 2: Choose one chemical and describe the ways in which it is affecting the Earth, according to Carson.

Part 3: Why are pesticides so important to discuss in relation to the management of the environment?

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