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. Chemicals can travel down ___________ or in underground aquifers to the bodies of water.

2. What is the most important earth-dwelling creature, according to Carson?

3. Without the Earth's ________, there could be no plants.

4. DDT is passed long through the ___________ during the course of nearly everyone's life.

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What human function is adversely affected by exposure to chemicals and to radiation, disrupting the universal currency of energy?

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

4. What are some of the ways humans have done great damage to other life forms, according to Carson?

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

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

7. What is the name of the cancer that develops rapidly in patients?

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

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

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

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 world that Carson describes in the beginning of "Silent Spring" is one that provokes several reactions from readers.

Part 1: Describe the first world that Carson envisions in the first chapter of the book.

Part 2: How does the world change as the description continues on?

Part 3: Why does Carson use this description in the beginning of the book?

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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