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. In ___________ in the 1950s, the chemical that appeared in the water had actually been created spontaneously by the interaction of other chemicals present.

2. What is the toxin which is released through nuclear explosion?

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

4. The majority of the Earth's surface is covered with __________.

5. Radiation used to be limited to that which occurred naturally - in rocks, cosmic rays, and __________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What do our individual bodies have that the larger environment does as well?

5. What has the environment played an important role in forming, according to this chapter?

6. What do the mitochondria of cells do within the body?

7. How does Carson think weeds are defined by most people in today's world?

8. What kinds of trees are in the forests described in this chapter?

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

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

In the end, Carson explains there are number ways of controlling pests and problems in the environment - without causing harm.

Part 1: Describe the suggestion of sterilization as it applies to controlling insects.

Part 2: Describe the suggestion of using the insects' own chemical processes.

Part 3: Describe the process of forest hygiene.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Spraying campaigns were once the normal thing to do in order to take control of insect populations - but they are now seen as devastating actions to take.

Part 1: Describe the results of the gypsy spraying campaign.

Part 2: Describe the results of the fire ant eradication.

Part 3: Why are insects so crucial to save in relation to the environment and its ecosystems?

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