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. Repeated spraying lead to poisoned environments in which not only are resident creatures killed, but also those that _________ there.

2. Other crops show signs of damage or ______ when planted in contaminated soil.

3. What lingers on the rooftops in Carson's description of the demise of the environment?

4. What did the birds provide naturally that made their deaths all the more significant?

5. What is contaminated with DDT so that it ends up affecting a human consumer of eggs?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are chemicals seen as so harmful to the soil and to the life within the soil?

2. What is the environmental problem that results from all of the water sources of the Earth being connected to each other?

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

4. Why is the eagle population suffering in relation to the chemicals being used in pest control?

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

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

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

8. What is the 'window' that is referred to in the title of this chapter of the book?

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

10. What happens during the sterilization method of insect control?

Essay 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 water in the world may be plentiful, but that does not necessarily mean it is usable for humans.

Part 1: Why is much of the water on the Earth not drinkable?

Part 2: What are some causes for the most recent water pollution findings?

Part 3: How do pollutants travel from one water source to another?

Essay Topic 3

To help avoid using too many chemicals, some people have resorted to selective spraying.

Part 1: Describe what selective spraying is and how it is used in the world.

Part 2: What are the advantages of selective spraying?

Part 3: What are the disadvantages to selective spraying?

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