A Place in the Woods Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was Helen and Adrian Hoover's response to George Wilson's suit?

2. What was Helen surprised by when she got to town?

3. What did Jacques Plessis offer the Hoovers?

4. Who were Sven and Hilda Peterson?

5. How did the Hoovers feel when the delivery truck arrived?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happened to Adrian in the accident?

2. How did the Hoovers practically asphyxiate themselves?

3. What happened to Helen in the car accident?

4. Describe the mice the Hoovers found.

5. What mishaps did Helen and Adrian Hoover have on moving into the cabin?

6. What happened to the airtight stove?

7. How was Helen inspired by Jacques Plessis?

8. What happened to give the Hoovers an excuse to spend a long time in the cabin?

9. What happened to the lawsuit from George Wilson?

10. Who are the Larimers, and what did the Hoovers have to do with them?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How do you think the Hoovers' exercise will play out, based on what Helen Hoover wrote in the book? How long do you think they will last? What evidence does the book give of underlying feelings that would take them back to civilization, or running away from nature?

Essay Topic 2

Read the first chapter of Thoreau's Walden. Compare and contrast the Hoovers' book with Walden. How are they similar? How are they different? Are the Hoovers undertaking the same project as Thoreau?

Essay Topic 3

Assess the value of the statement that Helen and Adrian Hoover were running away from civilization, not running toward nature. What parts of civilization were they trying to get away from? What parts of nature drew them positively?

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