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 long can chemicals remain in the soil to which they are applied?

2. Not only do chemicals hurt the soil, but they also ____________ the soil for years.

3. _____________ must discern for themselves who is telling the truth.

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. The organic ____________ insecticides like Malathion and parathion are in wide use in 1962, when the book was written.

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to the liver when it processes chemicals in the body?

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

3. What are some of the diseases that insects can carry which are harmful to humans?

4. What caused the widespread application of chemicals in the time of World War II?

5. What happens when the bees are suddenly gone from this beautiful American town?

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

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

8. Why is it strange that a program was launched against the Southern population of fire ants?

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

10. What are the smallest organisms on the Earth which live in the soil?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

The loss of the songs of the birds is a frightening idea to many readers. In trying to control the world, the birds are leaving for other areas or dying off completely.

Part 1: Describe why the birds are leaving certain areas.

Part 2: Summarize the Dutch Elm Disease response and how it affected bird populations.

Part 3: What might have been a more natural response to the Dutch Elm Disease problem?

Essay Topic 3

Life is something that has existed for millions of years, but the introduction of humans has altered the way life has changed.

Part 1: What does Carson have to say about the way humans have affected the world around them?

Part 2: What does Carson say about how the environment generally interacts with itself?

Part 3: What does Carson mean by the idea that "life does not have the luxury of time?"

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