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

2. This kind of vegetable absorbs huge levels of poisons, which would have harmed humans if they had eaten the produce.

3. What is not usable for drinking, irrigation, or industry?

4. __________ are simply plants that are in the wrong place at the wrong time.

5. Because animals are affected by chemicals, scientists are having a hard time finding uncontaminated animals to serve as _________ in experiments.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the chemical arsenic, what it does, and how it is used in the world in today's times.

4. What was the cause of the salmon population downfall in the Miramichi River?

5. How has infectious disease been controlled in modern society?

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

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

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

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

10. What does Carson say the major public health problems used to be caused by?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The cycle between the various areas of the environment begins to reveal just how intertwined everything is - and how horrible it would be if one part of the cycle is disrupted.

Part 1: Describe the cycle that takes place between the plants, the soil, and the animals.

Part 2: Why is the soil so important in this life cycle?

Part 3: What is the role of the insects and the mites in the soil?

Essay Topic 2

The water in the world may be plentiful, but that does not necessarily mean it is usable for humans.

Part 1: Why is much of the water on the Earth not drinkable?

Part 2: What are some causes for the most recent water pollution findings?

Part 3: How do pollutants travel from one water source to another?

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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