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Which phrase or sentence best expresses John Muir's sense of wonder at seeing Yosemite Valley?
“Every rock in its walls seems to glow with life.”
"...a thousand flowers leaning confidingly against their feet, bathed in floods of water..."
"Awful in stern, immovable majesty, how softly these rocks are adorned..."
"...myriads of small winged creatures, birds, bees, butterflies - give glad animation and help to make all the air into music."
"...as if into this one mountain mansion Nature had gathered her choicest treasures..."
Which words best show Muir's reverence for Yosemite Valley?
“Awful in stern, immovable majesty…”
“...this one mountain...”
“…wonderful in fineness of beauty and proportion…”
“...beautiful groves and meadows...”
“…give glad animation and help to make all the air into music.”
What explicit or implicit philosophical assumptions and beliefs does John Muir express in this passage?
The natural precision of Yosemite makes it look like it was man-made, and carefully planned.
Muir claims that Yosemite serves as surrogate temple for America, a country that has no temples quite as beautiful as the temples in other countries.
No man-made structure, no matter how sacred, can adequately compare with the natural beauty and majesty of Yosemite.
The assumption is that people should attempt to construct temples and other structures in the most natural way possible.
Yosemite, though physically impressive, is made even more stunning by the diversity of its plant and tree species.
What literary device does the author use in the following sentence?“…things frail and fleeting and types of endurance meeting here and blending in countless forms, as if into this one mountain Nature had gathered her choicest treasures…”
Which of the following is true about the geography of Yosemite?
The trees that are inside Yosemite Valley are not considered particularly large.
The silver firs are not found below 600 feet.
It has a more diverse plant-life than animal-life.
Yosemite Valley in not located inside Yosemite Park.
The town of Merced lies outside Yosemite Park.
Why does the author use quotation marks around the phrase “big trees” in the final paragraph?
to express the opinion that the relative size of the trees in Yosemite compared with most other trees is smaller.
to relay scientific information about the Latin name for large Sequoia trees.
to imply that comparatively, the trees in the one area of Yosemite are smaller than those in another area.
to indicate a sarcastic opinion that the trees mentioned are in fact rather small.
to describe the physical measurement of the trees found in the Valley or about the rim of it.
Which of the following trees are NOT found in Yosemite Valley?
The information in the sentence below would fit most logically in which of the following paragraphs of the passage?Yosemite, which many think of only for its stupendous faces of bare granite, is nevertheless imbedded in magnificent forests.
It is irrelevant and should be omitted.
In context, the tone of the portion of the passage that mentions the “branches whorled around the colossal shafts in regular order…” can best be described as
In the following excerpt, who or what does the pronoun “their” refer to?“…their feet among beautiful groves and meadows, their brows in the sky, a thousand flowers leaning confidingly against their feet…”
John Muir and his friends
Which of the following best describes the relationship between the first paragraph and the second paragraph of the passage?
The first provides evidence to support the author’s opinion as a whole; the second states a secondary opinion of the author’s.
The first provides information without which the construction of the passage lacks focus; the second states the main thesis of the passage.
The first states evidence bearing against the author’s initial description; the second is the author’s main opinion.
The first is a point of view that the author as a whole opposes; the second provides supporting examples against the position being opposed.
The first identifies the author’s thesis and develops it; the second provides additional support for that thesis.
The word “exhilarating” in the final paragraph most nearly means
All of the following can be inferred from the passage EXCEPT
The highest point in Yosemite is above 8000 feet.
Yosemite’s landscape is made up of forest, river, and desert terrain.
The silver fir is one of the most common types of trees in Yosemite.
It is possible to take public transportation to Yosemite.
Yosemite contains more than one river.
Which of the following statements about the endnote, reproduced below, is correct?1John Muir, The Yosemite, (New York: The Century Company, 1912).
John Muir died in the year 1912.
John Muir’s environmental philosophy club was termed, “The Century Company.”
Though he lived in New York, John Muir published his book in California.
The Century Company was located in the Yosemite Valley.
The Century Company first published Muir’s book in 1912.
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