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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What did the Nearings do with the spring they found in the back of the cellar-hole?
2. What did the Nearings grow under a heavy hay mulch that required no hoeing, no bugs, no spraying, and almost no digging?
3. What did the Nearings have to do to pick their sweet peas?
4. What did Harold Field feel about working with the Nearings to make sugar?
5. Who attended the party when the mail route was restored in Vermont?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why did cooperative living fail in the valley for the Nearings?
2. Why was digging a foundation for a building so very important? How deep did the footings need to be and why?
3. What, according to the Nearings, was the value of compost and mulch?
4. What was the Nearings' view of keeping animals? How far did this belief system go?
5. What kind of visitors came to stay at the farm? Who were successful, and who were not and why?
6. Why did the American Indians live in Connecticut and not Vermont?
7. Who was this book written for?
8. 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?
9. What, according to the authors, is the best part of building a building?
10. Why were the music sessions a community success? What was different about them that made people want to stay and visit?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
What were the Nearings' personal beliefs regarding meat? How did their beliefs change through the years?
Essay Topic 2
What made the Nearings move from Vermont to Maine? What happened to the area around their farm and what happened to their neighbors?
Essay Topic 3
How important was documentation? How did the Nearings document their farming experiment?
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