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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did the Nearings grow under a heavy hay mulch that required no hoeing, no bugs, no spraying, and almost no digging?
(a) Corn.
(b) Potatoes.
(c) Carrots.
(d) Raddishes.

2. How did the Nearings hold the concrete and stones in place to form the wall?
(a) With styrofoam.
(b) With metal sheets.
(c) With movable forms.
(d) With bricks.

3. According to the author, who defined the "small community"?
(a) The Nearings.
(b) Frank Lloyd Wright.
(c) Arthur E. Morgan, Baker Brrownell, and Ralph Borsodi.
(d) The state.

4. What was NEVER used in the compost pile?
(a) Worms.
(b) Wood.
(c) Sawdust.
(d) Paper.

5. What color did the Nearings paint their roof?
(a) Moss-green.
(b) Brown.
(c) Red.
(d) Grey.

6. What newspapers got on board to help the citizens of the valley then the mail was canceled?
(a) The Kansas City Star.
(b) The Chicago Tribune.
(c) The New York Times.
(d) The Brattleboro Reformer and the Bennington Banner.

7. In the breakdown of the Nearing's diet, how much of percentage was their intake of fruit?
(a) 20 percent.
(b) 10 percent.
(c) 50 percent.
(d) 30 percent.

8. At the Nearing's house, what "rounded out" breakfast?
(a) A handful of cranberries.
(b) Cereal with milk.
(c) Coffee.
(d) A handful of sunflower seeds.

9. What happened when someone went out to work in the garden after lunch?
(a) They were escaping and never returned.
(b) They stayed later and worked most of the afternoon.
(c) Their productivity was very high.
(d) They fell asleep in the shade of the garden.

10. How was the Sunday morning musical events divided?
(a) Into religious and non-religious music.
(b) Into classical and pop music.
(c) Into instrumental and vocal music.
(d) Into amateur and professional music.

11. What kind of roofs did the Nearings put on their houses?
(a) Tile.
(b) Shingle.
(c) Low-lying and metal.
(d) Tar.

12. Why did the Nearings NOT join a communal experience?
(a) They didn't want to work with other people.
(b) They didn't want to move to Europe.
(c) They didn't want to move to the west coast.
(d) There were none available or functioning into which they could have happily and effectively fit.

13. What did the boys serving in the war do to help the valley when the mail was canceled?
(a) Stop writing letters.
(b) Call their representatives.
(c) Write their representatives.
(d) Write lots of letters home.

14. How long had Jacklight foot lived in the valley?
(a) 20 years.
(b) 10 month.
(c) All his life.
(d) 35 years.

15. How was each work day divided up?
(a) 4 hours of inside work and 4 hours of outside work.
(b) 8 hours days with a lunch and two breaks.
(c) 4 hours of work and 4 hours of discussion.
(d) 4 morning hours and 4 afternnoon hours.

Short Answer Questions

1. Whose building system did the Nearings follow when building their stone system?

2. How, according to the Nearings, can you build whole, living, balanced soil?

3. What did most friends of the Nearings dub their guesthouses?

4. What was inserted into the compost pile to help break down matter?

5. How did the Nearings decide to "warn" people before they arrived about life on their farm?

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