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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. Radiation used to be limited to that which occurred naturally - in rocks, cosmic rays, and __________.
3. Carson wonders - How can we as __________ beings continue to allow such rampant and unjustified killings?
4. Because animals are affected by chemicals, scientists are having a hard time finding uncontaminated animals to serve as _________ in experiments.
5. The _________ of Wyoming which supported many animal species were unintentionally killed, leading to massive animal death.
Short Essay Questions
1. What are the smallest organisms on the Earth which live in the soil?
2. What does Carson encourage readers to do in relation to the information they receive about pollution and pest control?
3. What happens to the liver when it processes chemicals in the body?
4. Why do the tourists come to see the birds, as stated in this opening chapter?
5. What are some of the ways humans have done great damage to other life forms, according to Carson?
6. Where does people's chemical exposure mainly come from, according to Carson?
7. What happens during the sterilization method of insect control?
8. What are some of the reasons why DDT is so harmful to fish?
9. Describe the chemical arsenic, what it does, and how it is used in the world in today's times.
10. How does Carson think weeds are defined by most people in today's world?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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