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. Chemical wielding __________ overlook the terrible flaws in their programs of blanket spraying.

2. What is the name for chemicals that mix with other pollutants and substances in the water, producing unidentifiable results?

3. Every human being now has contact with _________ every moment of his life - even from conception.

4. The population of Japanese Beetles in sprayed areas is ______________ .

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What do more American children die from today than from any other disease, according to the book as it was written in its own time period?

2. What is an unexpected result of the deaths of many birds within an area?

3. How is the development of chemical resistance within the insect population a strong example of natural selection?

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

5. Where does radiation tend to occur naturally, as it has for many years before the time of the humans?

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

7. What were the results of the gypsy moth spraying in 1956?

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

9. Describe the cycle of life between the soil, plants, and the animals.

10. What is happening to insects, even though there have been mass applications of chemicals to get rid of them?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Pests are some of the main targets of chemicals in the world. Humans try to kill pests every chance they get, in a variety of different ways and for numerous reasons.

Part 1: What are some of the pests humans try to rid the world of?

Part 2: What happens when a pest is eradicated from an area?

Part 3: What happens to the soil that is in the area where the pests have been eradicated?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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