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. Most people's chemical exposure comes ___________ rather than in mass sprayings.

2. ______________ do not kill people or birds, although the US government said they did.

3. The __________ system is susceptible to damage by toxins like chlorinated hydrocarbons and organic phosphates.

4. Chemicals that act upon our genes can cause sudden __________, producing new and undesirable changes in subsequent generations.

5. ___________ health problems used to be caused by diseases like smallpox, cholera, and the plague.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The cycle between the various areas of the environment begins to reveal just how intertwined everything is - and how horrible it would be if one part of the cycle is disrupted.

Part 1: Describe the cycle that takes place between the plants, the soil, and the animals.

Part 2: Why is the soil so important in this life cycle?

Part 3: What is the role of the insects and the mites in the soil?

Essay Topic 2

The idea of weeds seems to be more of a man made idea rather than a real threat to the world.

Part 1: Describe how Carson sees the presence of weeds in relation to humans.

Part 2: Why are weeds still important to the Earth?

Part 3: Describe the example of the sagebrush versus the grasslands in the American West.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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