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. Wildlife is unlikely to bounce back after _________ that kill large numbers of their kind.

3. Plants and animals specifically ________ to live in whatever their environments are.

4. What was infected with chemicals that led to the death of so many robins?

5. In 1960, in the Klamath/Tule Lake region, agricultural pesticides were collected in the water bodies of a _____________.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why do the tourists come to see the birds, as stated in this opening chapter?

3. What did the chemical warfare of World War II lead to?

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

5. What is unlikely to bounce back after spraying that kill large numbers of their kind?

6. What happens when the fat stores of the fish are being drawn upon for energy?

7. What puzzles the doctors during the mysterious blight in this area?

8. What have red ants been used for in the matter of forest hygiene?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Nature, despite all the humans do to it, still seems to put up a fight when it comes to the damage humans cause.

Part 1: In what ways does Nature fight back against pollution?

Part 2: Why don't we just let Nature take care of itself instead of taking control of the pollution situation?

Part 3: What are the two critical facts that humans overlook when it comes to nature?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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