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 England, the treatment of _______ with chemicals resulted in widespread bird deaths.

2. What was applied to a large area of Illinois over an 8 year period in order to try to control the Japanese Beetle?

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

4. The roadsides are lush with trees, ferns, and ____________.

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does man want to replace the American West's sagebrush with?

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

3. What caused the widespread application of chemicals in the time of World War II?

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

5. What happens to the liver when it processes chemicals in the body?

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Nature, despite all the humans do to it, still seems to put up a fight when it comes to the damage humans cause.

Part 1: In what ways does Nature fight back against pollution?

Part 2: Why don't we just let Nature take care of itself instead of taking control of the pollution situation?

Part 3: What are the two critical facts that humans overlook when it comes to nature?

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

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?

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