Silent Spring Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Many attempts to control ___________ have results in massive fish kills.

2. Scientists believe that human __________ is unrealistic.

3. Because all foods contain chemicals, even in small doses, the human exposure is enormous in the __________.

4. What aisle does Carson think is presented as innocuously as the pickle or laundry detergent aisle?

5. What is the form of energy which is produced at every stage of the mitochondrial process?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

The world that Carson describes in the beginning of "Silent Spring" is one that provokes several reactions from readers.

Part 1: Describe the first world that Carson envisions in the first chapter of the book.

Part 2: How does the world change as the description continues on?

Part 3: Why does Carson use this description in the beginning of the book?

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