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 insecticides and herbicides are challenging because they are _____________.

2. Attempts to control a particular ________ in Clear Lake, California resulted in massive bird death.

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

4. What was one of the chemicals used in the massive spraying in #78?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did so many birds die as a result of the spraying for Dutch Elm Disease?

2. What was the immediate and devastating result of the spraying of the land for Dutch Elm Disease?

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

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

5. What makes humans different from the plants and animals in nature, with regard to their ability to do?

6. Where does people's chemical exposure mainly come from, according to Carson?

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

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Carson offers solutions to the troubles of 'weeds' and insects as well, not just a litany of troubles that are being caused by man's need for control.

Part 1: What are some ways Carson says one could naturally control the spread of 'weeds'?

Part 2: What are some of the ways Carson suggests to control insects that are unwanted in a particular area?

Part 3: Doesn't any form of control harm the environment? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

The loss of the songs of the birds is a frightening idea to many readers. In trying to control the world, the birds are leaving for other areas or dying off completely.

Part 1: Describe why the birds are leaving certain areas.

Part 2: Summarize the Dutch Elm Disease response and how it affected bird populations.

Part 3: What might have been a more natural response to the Dutch Elm Disease problem?

Essay Topic 3

In the chapter, "Rivers of Death," the plight of the salmon is described in detail.

Part 1: What is the problem with the salmon as described by Carson?

Part 2: How might this problem have affected the surrounding areas?

Part 3: Why can't the fish population help itself? What are some of the ways in which they are going to have a lot of troubles rebounding from this decimation?

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