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

2. Farms and orchards do NOT include these trees, in Carson's description.

3. DDT is passed long through the ___________ during the course of nearly everyone's life.

4. In 1960, in the Klamath/Tule Lake region, agricultural pesticides were collected in the water bodies of a _____________.

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is unlikely to bounce back after spraying that kill large numbers of their kind?

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

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

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

5. What was the cause of the salmon population downfall in the Miramichi River?

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

7. What did the chemical warfare of World War II lead to?

8. Why is the eagle population suffering in relation to the chemicals being used in pest control?

9. 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?

10. What is the 'window' that is referred to in the title of this chapter of the book?

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

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 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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