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Since it is the first full day of spring, I thought I would start the season with a quiz about the author of Silent Spring, Rachel Carson. Answers are in the comments.
2. What was the focus of her Master's degree?
3. Although Rachel Carson was a trained scientist, she is better known for her work in interpreting complex scientific information to the public. What was her first effort in bringing science to the public?
4. Why didn't Rachel Carson go on for a Ph.D. as she intended?
5. Her most successful book prior to the publication of Silent Spring was on the New York Times bestseller list for 86 weeks. What was the name of the book?
6. This well-known environmental group brought on Rachel Carson to look at the impacts of pesticides and aerial spraying of pesticides on the environment. This is often thought of as the spark that led to the development of Silent Spring.
7. Silent Spring highlights the link between widespread pesticide use and environmental and health problems. What is the meaning of the title, Silent Spring?
8. In a sad irony, Rachel Carson had a personal health challenge while she was working on revisions to Silent Spring. What was it?
9. Silent Spring lays out a very clear case for the impact of pesticides and other chemicals on the environment. Why do some feel she was so precise and detailed in her writing?
10. Rachel Carson died in 1964 before she saw the impact that her work had on environmental policy in the United States. What two important federal laws relating to water and air could be traced to her writing?