Rogers Questions - ISS 310: People and the Environment...

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1 ISS 310: People and the Environment Fall 2007 Reading Assignment #1 50 questions worth 1 point each, and 1 short essay worth 10 points, for 50 total points Directions: Using the answer sheet provided in class, answer each of the following questions on the book Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage (by Heather Rogers, 2005). Please read each question carefully. After finishing the book, write a response to the short essay question on the last page of this packet. Introduction (pp. 1-9) 1. On average, about how much trash does each person in the United States produce per day? a. 1600 pounds b. 11.2 pounds c. 4.5 pounds d. 3.1 pounds e. 0.3 pounds 2. Which source did Rogers use to find the average amount of trash produced per person per day in the United States? a. Greenpeace U.S.A. b. U.S. EPA c. Office of Environmental Quality d. U.S. Congress e. Paige Wiser 3. Rogers identifies several direct environmental impacts of waste disposal. Which of the following is NOT one that she identifies? a. Garbage trucks spew diesel exhaust into the atmosphere. b. Incinerators release toxins, such as dioxin, into the atmosphere. c. Incinerators produce ash, which is hazardous waste. d. Landfills leach hazardous chemicals into groundwater. e. Family houses are filled with trash, much of which is toxic. 4. What is the largest and most rapidly growing category of discarded items in the U.S.? a. packaging b. electronics c. clothing d. food waste e. paper
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2 5. In a scholarly book, the author should state the book’s theme in the introduction, as Rogers does in her book. Which of the following sentences is the theme of Gone Tomorrow ? a. “The world of trash did not always exist as it does today.” (p. 9) b. “Consumption lies at the heart of American life and economic health, and intrinsic to consumption is garbage.” (p. 9) c. “In 2003 Americans threw out almost 500 billion pounds of paper, glass, plastic, wood, food, metal, clothing, dead electronics and other refuse.” (p. 2) d. “Not only are the knock-on environmental effects exported from developed countries to the global South, so are mass production, consumption and wasting patterns.” (p. 8) e. “There are other catastrophic environmental consequences of a mass consumption society.” (p. 7) Chapter 1 (pp. 11-27) 6. Which of the following series outlines the waste stream Rogers describes? a. Person sets full garbage can on curb Trash collector loads garbage in truck Truck dumps garbage in landfill Workers recover recyclables from trash b. Trash collector loads garbage in truck Truck dumps garbage at transfer station Workers recover recyclables from trash Trash dumped in landfill c. Person sets full garbage can on curb Trash collector loads garbage in truck Truck dumps garbage at transfer station Garbage burnt in incinerator Workers sanitize ash for disposal d. Person sets full garbage can on curb
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