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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did the Nearings eat from?
(a) Plates.
(b) Wooden bowls.
(c) China.
(d) Plastic plates.

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

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

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

5. How did the Nearings eat fresh from the garden?
(a) By picking produce early and letting it ripen off the vine.
(b) By canning early in the season.
(c) By freezing food.
(d) By eating with the seasons.

Short Answer Questions

1. How much did the Nearings save by building with the stone system they used?

2. Who was the local mailman in the valley in Vermont in 1945?

3. How many people could the Nearing's Vermont stone home hold for a meeting?

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

5. What did the Nearings do with the spring they found in the back of the cellar-hole?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the Nearings trade work with their neighbors? What example can you give?

2. Why did the American Indians live in Connecticut and not Vermont?

3. How did the issue of serving liquor at community events affect the valley in Vermont?

4. What, according to the Nearings, was the value of compost and mulch?

5. What, according to the authors, is the best part of building a building?

6. How did the Nearings decide to make maple syrup as their cash crop? How did this decision surprise them?

7. When others thought the Nearings were self-punishing, how did they view their life?

8. Who was this book written for?

9. How did the cancellation of the mail route in 1945 affect the valley? What did they do? How was this, according to the authors, a positive event for the community?

10. What did the people drawn to the farm lack? How could diversity have been a good thing for the Nearings?

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