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. How was the large population of sagebrush destroyed in the West?

2. Herbicides can change the _________ of plants, making toxic plants more appealing to animals.

3. The business of chemical _______ is booming because people approach plant life without thinking about any perspective but their own immediate desires.

4. Every human being now has contact with _________ every moment of his life - even from conception.

5. DDT seems to be able to be stored in the __________ tissues of the body.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What do our individual bodies have that the larger environment does as well?

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

4. What were the results of the gypsy moth spraying in 1956?

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

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

7. What were some of the lies the government told about the fire any population?

8. What was the cause of the salmon population downfall in the Miramichi River?

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

10. According to Carson, what does a chemically weakened environment open the door to?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Pests are some of the main targets of chemicals in the world. Humans try to kill pests every chance they get, in a variety of different ways and for numerous reasons.

Part 1: What are some of the pests humans try to rid the world of?

Part 2: What happens when a pest is eradicated from an area?

Part 3: What happens to the soil that is in the area where the pests have been eradicated?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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