Pollan essay (” Why Mow?”)
1] What is a “lawn dissident”?
2] What do you think about the father’s response to the neighbor who asked that he (the father) mow his lawn? What did he do, and how do you feel about it?
3] Pollan writes that “Lawns are nature purged of sex and death. No wonder Americans like them so much.” What do you think he means by this, and do you agree or not? Explain.
Greenfeld essay (“Blind to Failure”)
4] What does Greenfeld claim is the one indispensable characteristic of a great mountaineer?
5] Why might this be called the most successful Everest expedition ever?
6] What advantages did Wihenmayer have compared to his sighted companions?
Manchester essay (“Okinawa . . .”)
7] Why does Manchester give such a graphic account of the Battle of Okinawa – to what purpose?
8] What is Manchester’s main argument in this essay? Tell what you think it is, and support your answer (why do you think so).
“A Burial Practice That Nourishes the Planet”
9] What alternatives does the speaker propose to replace traditional burial practices? How do you feel about these alternatives? Answer in detail.