Synthesis Quiz
Ned Weidner
Fall 2016
Instructions: Please answer two out the three questions. Each question should be answered in no less than 2-3 paragraphs. Please label each answer. Please put each answer into one document. You should incorporate quotations, paraphrases, and/or summaries in each answer.

1. In Keywords, Raymond Williams illustrates the history of the development of the word “nature.” Similarly in “The Trouble with Wilderness,” William Cronon historicizes wilderness. What similarities and differences do you see in how Cronon historicizes the construction of wilderness and Williams nature? How do you account for these similarities and differences? And what differences do you see in the words “wilderness” and “nature” themselves?


2. William Cronon argues that wilderness is a cultural construction. Similarly Jenny Price argues nature is a cultural construction. How do these authors make the argument that these terms are cultural constructions? What are the ethical and environmental results of our cultural constructions of nature and wilderness according to Cronon and Price?


3. In “Are We Raising a Generation of Nature-Phobic Kids?” James Campbell argues, the “spreading indiscriminate aversion to nature in general is something new” (2). Using Cronon’s “The Trouble with Wilderness” or Jenny Price’s “13 Ways of Seeing Nature in LA” argue for or against Campbell’s argument. Is our nature-phobia something new or does it have a history? If nature-phobia has a history show how humans can learn to get rid of these fears and what might happen (socially and ecologically) if they did?