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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How did the Nearings make applesauce?
(a) They chopped up the apples and stored them through the winter until it was applesauce time.
(b) They strained the apples through cheesecloth and canned them.
(c) The "open kettle" way.
(d) They froze them in the freezer.

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

3. 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 stayed later and worked most of the afternoon.
(c) Their productivity was very high.
(d) They were escaping and never returned.

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

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

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

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

8. The Nearings thought living in Vermont would be justified as an example of sane living in an _____________.
(a) Sane world.
(b) Removed area.
(c) Insane world.
(d) Utopian society.

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

10. Where did one enter the Nearing home in Vermont?
(a) Through a double front door.
(b) Through the cellar.
(c) Through a side door from the garage.
(d) Through the door in the kitchen.

11. How did the Nearings describe the stone wall when it was finished?
(a) Like the green meadow, dotted with wildflowers.
(b) Like a picture perfect post card.
(c) Like the unveiling of an art work.
(d) Like a beautiful sunset.

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 had a landing strip for their plane on the property.
(b) The Nearings had no children and so did not have to worry about education.
(c) The Nearings were really rich, so money was never a worry.
(d) The Nearings were famous and made much money from lectures and tours.

13. Upon arriving in Vermont, who sold the Nearings milk?
(a) The Nearings had cows.
(b) The local grocery.
(c) The Lightfoots.
(d) The previous owners

14. What did M.B. Kains recommend that farmers serve to their guests when they came for Sunday dinner?
(a) Fish.
(b) Corned beef and cabbage, beef stew or hash.
(c) Pancakes.
(d) Meatloaf.

15. Who could "smell a frost coming?"
(a) Jack Lightfoot.
(b) Helen.
(c) Scott.
(d) Floyd Hurd.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does healthy soil teem with?

2. What two farms did the Nearings buy when they got to Vermont?

3. What did Harold Field feel about working with the Nearings to make sugar?

4. When the Nearings started their first garden in Vermont, what caused a quagmire and nearly ruined the garden?

5. What color did the Nearings paint their roof?

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