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

2. What are so popular that tourists come to see them every year?

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

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

5. Large-scale, single-crop farming eliminates the _______________ that provided built in control of pests.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does man want to replace the American West's sagebrush with?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What makes humans different from the plants and animals in nature, with regard to their ability to do?

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

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

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 3

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?

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