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. Where was the population of Japanese Beetles effectively controlled?

2. In the modern world, life does not have the luxury of ________.

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

4. Attempts to control a particular ________ in Clear Lake, California resulted in massive bird death.

5. What was the source of the contamination in the eagle population?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does Carson encourage readers to do in relation to the information they receive about pollution and pest control?

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

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

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

9. What are some examples of products from a person's everyday life that can contain harmful chemicals?

10. Where does radiation tend to occur naturally, as it has for many years before the time of the humans?

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

Animals are just as affected by the use of insecticides and pesticides as the pests themselves.

Part 1: What are some of the ways in which animals are affected by the chemical use?

Part 2: How are the animals exposed to the chemicals in the first place?

Part 3: What might be the long term affects of the harm of animals in the world?

Essay Topic 3

Carson attempts to explain that humanity's ever growing need to control the world is actually what is damaging it the most.

Part 1: What are some ways in which humanity attempts to control the natural world?

Part 2: What are the aftereffects of these methods of control?

Part 3: How can controls be altered so that they are not harmful in their applications?

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