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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What political persuasion were most Vermonters?
(a) Republican.
(b) Independents.
(c) Communist.
(d) Democrat.

2. What did the Nearings later attach to their first stone building?
(a) A visitor's center.
(b) A well.
(c) A garage.
(d) A campsite.

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

4. During the cancellation of the mail route in 1945 in Vermont, what were the citizens asked to do?
(a) Write the Postmaster General and then Senators and Representatives.
(b) Write to the President of the United States.
(c) Gather for a peaceful demonstration.
(d) Call the Postmaster General.

5. What two farms did the Nearings buy when they got to Vermont?
(a) The Ellonen place and the Hoard place.
(b) The Vermont farm.
(c) The Sandusky farm and the Hodges place.
(d) The Madingly family place.

6. The Nearings claimed that they were planning not a business, but a __________.
(a) Vacation home.
(b) Working farm.
(c) Functioning homestead.
(d) Useful vegetable garden.

7. Who attended the party when the mail route was restored in Vermont?
(a) The Representative who represented their valley.
(b) The Postmaster General of the state.
(c) The Attorney General of the state.
(d) The Governor of the State of Vermont.

8. What kind of schedule did the Nearings keep on Sunday?
(a) They attended praise worship and then had amatuer music shows in the evening.
(b) They went to church in the morning and worked in the afternoon.
(c) They had no schedule.
(d) They ate breakfast in silence.

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

10. How did the Nearings ask workers how much they wanted for a job on the farm?
(a) "Can we give you a check?"
(b) "Mastercard or Visa?"
(c) "How much will you expect for that job?"
(d) "Will you take a credit card?"

11. What did some people think of the Nearings when they visited them in Vermont?
(a) That they were uncordial.
(b) That they would go hungry if they stayed.
(c) That they were too old to be working on a farm.
(d) That they were sloppy.

12. What was the one thing missing from the experiment in Vermont that young couples would need to take into account with a growing family?
(a) The Nearings were famous and made much money from lectures and tours.
(b) The Nearings had a landing strip for their plane on the property.
(c) The Nearings had no children and so did not have to worry about education.
(d) The Nearings were really rich, so money was never a worry.

13. Why did the Nearings like stone buildings?
(a) They were not as pretty as wood, but more solid.
(b) They were like a fortress and kept visitors away.
(c) They were easy to build with.
(d) They were cheaper to maintain, would not burn and were cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How did the Nearings keep records of their projects at the farm?

2. Upon arriving in Vermont, who sold the Nearings milk?

3. How did the Nearings light their home?

4. What did the Nearings store potatoes, carrots, beets turnips, celery root and apples?

5. What does healthy soil teem with?

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