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. Where was the population of Japanese Beetles effectively controlled?

2. What are so popular that tourists come to see them every year?

3. The campaign in the American West to replace _______ with grass is one example of man's arrogant approach to plants.

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

5. What is contaminated with DDT so that it ends up affecting a human consumer of eggs?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What happened when people in Wyoming unintentionally destroyed the willows in a particular area?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Animals are just as affected by the use of insecticides and pesticides as the pests themselves.

Part 1: What are some of the ways in which animals are affected by the chemical use?

Part 2: How are the animals exposed to the chemicals in the first place?

Part 3: What might be the long term affects of the harm of animals in the world?

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