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

2. Due to pollution in its environment, this kind of bird has suffered from extensive population reduction and sterility issues.

3. What was not one of the results of the sprayings in Michigan?

4. __________ are simply plants that are in the wrong place at the wrong time.

5. In England, the treatment of _______ with chemicals resulted in widespread bird deaths.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What are two of the factors which are contributing to the chemical deposits in the earth, water, and living tissues?

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

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

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

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

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

9. What happened when people in Wyoming unintentionally destroyed the willows in a particular area?

10. What are some of the ways humans have done great damage to other life forms, according to Carson?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The public health problem that comes along with pollution is one of the fears of those in the environmental movement. If things can not be controlled, disaster might strike.

Part 1: Why have the old public health problems of disease become less of an issue today?

Part 2: What are the new public health crises?

Part 3: Why is it so important to public health to control pollution and chemical exposure now?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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