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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. How, according to the Nearings, can you build whole, living, balanced soil?
(a) By using soil from the forest only.
(b) By composting.
(c) By burning leaves.
(d) By burning areas of the forest.

4. How did the Nearings divide their "jobs to be done" on their card index of activities?
(a) By "building projects" and "garden projects."
(b) By "clear weather jobs" and "rainy day jobs."
(c) By "wood and fuel jobs" and "canning."
(d) By "cash labor" and "free labor."

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

6. How did the Nearings decide to "warn" people before they arrived about life on their farm?
(a) They created a form letter.
(b) They discouraged visitors with a newsletter.
(c) They wrote a personal note to each visitor.
(d) They called and talked to each visitor.

7. What became a big problem for the town when discussing social events that nearly ripped the town apart?
(a) Openly carrying firearms.
(b) Who was welcome at the dances.
(c) The use of liquor.
(d) The type of music at the dances.

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

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

10. Who did Frederick Van de Water represent during the mail battle?
(a) Ski Enterprises.
(b) Freeman Inc.
(c) The U.S. Government.
(d) Forestry development.

11. What, according to the Nearings, is the food furthest removed from the soil?
(a) Cooked caracasses of beasts, birds, and fish.
(b) The farmer's market produce.
(c) Fresh dairy from a neighbor.
(d) The produce in your grocery store.

12. What does healthy soil teem with?
(a) A terrible stench.
(b) Organic life.
(c) Wood.
(d) Food.

13. What, according to the Nearings, is the most extensive and most successful experiment in mulching?
(a) The forest floor.
(b) The mountain top.
(c) The river bed.
(d) A gravel pit.

14. What did the Nearings find that made a perfect base for their house in Vermont?
(a) A rock ledge over a waterfall.
(b) A 26 foot split boulder.
(c) A cliff overlooking the water.
(d) A level meadow.

15. What kind of events were held on Saturday nights in the small Vermont town?
(a) Bar dances.
(b) Swap meets.
(c) Square dances.
(d) Movies.

Short Answer Questions

1. What direction do the rows in a garden need to be planted to assure maximum sun to the roots?

2. What did the Nearings use as silverware?

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

4. What level was the kitchen garden in Vermont?

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

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